<div class="img-caption-wrap img-caption-wrap-left"> <img alt="Former England captain Tony Greig passes away" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121020162401.jpg" title="Former England captain Tony Greig passes away" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Tony Greig was diagnosed with lung cancer © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Dec 29, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> Former <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England </a>captain and celebrated commentator <a href="/tags/Tony-Greig/post" target="_blank">Tony Greig</a> passed away after losing his battle with lung cancer on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Greig was 66. He breathed his last at a hospital here after being brought in a "critical condition".<br /> <br /> He was diagnosed with lung cancer in October this year after undergoing treatment for what was initially thought to be bronchitis in May.<br /> <br /> He underwent tests after the <a href="/tags/World-T20/post" target="_blank">World T20</a> Championships in <a href="/tags/Sri-Lanka/post" target="_blank">Sri Lanka</a> and it was revealed that there was a small lesion at the base of his right lung.<br /> <br /> "On his return to <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>he had fluid removed from the right lung and testing revealed he had lung cancer," the <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>'reported.<br /> <br /> Greig's son Mark told a newspaper that his father's cancer had progressed to "stage four".<br /> <br /> While commentating during the coverage of the first Australia-<a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a> in November, Greig spoke about the disease.<br /> <br /> "It's not good. The truth is I've got lung cancer. Now it's a case of what they can do," Greig had said.<br /> <br /> Born in Queenstown, South Africa, Greig qualified to play for England due to his Scottish parentage. His father was a Scot.<br /> <br /> In his 58-match Test career, Greig scored 3,599 runs and picked up 141 wickets. In 22 ODIs that he played, Greig scored 269 runs and managed 19 wickets.<br /> <br /> Greig was a leading international all-rounder for England. Considered a controversial figure, he helped Kerry Packer start the World Series Cricket by signing up many English as well as some West Indian and Pakistani cricketers.<br /> <br /> The move ended up costing him England's captaincy.<br /> <br /> The best performance of Greig's captaincy career came in 1976-77, when England toured India for a five-Test series.<br /> <br /> The team had not won there for 15 years but went on to score one of their most convincing triumphs when they clinched the first three Tests by huge margins.<br /> <br /> Greig turned into a successful commentator following the end of his playing career in 1977 and was forthright with his views. He was one of the most bitter critics of <a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI</a>'s opposition to the Decision Review System.