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Tony Greig, Former Captain of England Cricket Team, Dies at 66

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Dec. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Tony Greig, the South African-born cricketer who captained the English Test team in the 1970s, has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 66.

Greig passed away today, Australia’s Nine television network, where Greig was a commentator for more than 30 years, said in a statement. After initially being diagnosed with bronchitis in May, further tests showed he had developed lung cancer, which was disclosed in October.

An all-rounder who scored 3,599 Test runs and took 141 wickets according to Cricinfo.com, Greig represented England in 58 matches, including 14 as captain. He lost his position on the team in 1977, when he joined Kerry Packer’s breakaway World Series Cricket competition and moved to Australia to skipper an international team.

Born in Queenstown in South Africa’s Cape Province in 1966, the six-foot, six-inch (1.98 meters) Greig played for the Eastern Province team and trialled with Sussex county in England while a teenager. He was eligible for national selection because of his Scottish parents, according to Cricinfo.

His Test career included eight centuries, 20 half-centuries and a batting average of 40.43 runs per inning, according to Cricinfo. With the ball, he had a best performance in an innings of 8 wickets for 86 runs.

After retiring from competition in 1979, Greig joined the commentary team at Packer’s Nine television network, where he stayed until his illness was diagnosed this year.

To contact the reporter on this story: Robert Fenner in Melbourne at rfenner@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Paul Tighe at ptighe@bloomberg.net

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