Tony Greig dead

Former England cricket captain and veteran Channel Nine commentator Tony Greig has died aged 66.

Greig, who played a senior role in Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket revolution and was a distinctive voice in cricket broadcasting, was diagnosed with lung cancer in October.

He did not join the Channel Nine commentary team this summer.

Born in Queenstown, South Africa, Greig trialled for Sussex in 1965 as a teenager and set himself the goal of representing England, which he did in 58 Tests between 1972 and 1977.

Greig first became aware he had a problem during Australia’s one-day series against Pakistan in Dubai in August and September.

Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka in October, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.

On his return to Australia he had fluid removed from the right lung and testing revealed he had lung cancer.

Last month, he spoke to the Channel Nine commentary team, of which he is usually a member, during their coverage of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane.

Greig was candid about the disease.

‘‘It’s not good. The truth is I’ve got lung cancer. Now it’s a case of what they can do,’’ Greig said.

He had an operation later that month. (AAP)