Tony Greig or Anthony William Greig born October 6, 1946, was one of the most talented and colourful cricketers in the history of the game. The captain of England from 1975-77, he is considered by some to be one of England's leading international all-rounders and helped start World Series Cricket. He later became a popular television commentator in Australia.
A South African by birth, Scottish by paternal decent, Tony Greig captained England and later settled down in Australia.
He attended the local Queen’s College, a favourite winter destination for Sussex cricketers, who returned to Hove with glowing reports. It was the influence of Mike Buss that secured a trial, and Greig set off for the south coast soon after his first-class debut for Border in February 1966, aged 19, impressed the visiting Sussex members enough and was offered by them a place in the county side. After much deliberation and encouragement from his father, Greig gave up his University pursuits and left country for England.
After a string of matches for Sussex Second XI with mixed results, Greig got picked for Arthur Gilligan’s XI against the touring West Indians in 1966. Playing against some of the biggest names in international cricket, Greig dismissed Seymour Nurse and Rohan Kanhai to return figures of 3 for 51. Early in the following year he got picked to play Lancashire at Hove. On his Championship debut, against Lancashire at Hove in May 1967. Coming to the wicket with Sussex 34 for three against an attack led by Brian Statham and Ken Higgs, he made 156, showing scant regard for the principles of early-season batting in England. Two months later, he took eight for 25 against Gloucestershire. Greig played in the first World Cup in England in 1975, when his team was eliminated by Australia in the semi-final.
As far as his Test career was concerned, though, that was that. In 58 matches, he made 3,599 runs at 40, with eight hundreds, and took 141 wickets at 32, with six five-fors and was named one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1975.
Greig was also at the forefront of promoting WSC (World Series Cricket) in Australia, to the extent that his role as World XI captain became almost secondary.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2012 and died in Sydney, on 29 December 2012, from an apparent heart attack.