Family, friends and fans pay tribute to Tony Greig

Tony Greig’s wife has remembered the former England captain and cricket commentator at a memorial service in Sydney, calling him her best friend and great love.

“Sweetheart, I don’t know where to begin to thank you for the wonderful life you have give me,” Vivian Greig said.

“The amazing understanding we shared, you were my ultimate best, best friend, my confidante and my great love.

“It was such a privilege to have your love returned to me and a great honour to be your wife.”

Prime Minister Julia Gillard attended the service, lauding Greig, who died in December after battling lung cancer, as “a towering cricket figure”.

“Celebrated Tony Greig’s life today at the SCG. A towering cricketing figure. Summer will never be quite the same again,” she posted on twitter after the public memorial service at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday.

The South Africa-born allrounder played 58 Tests before playing a crucial role in the establishment of the breakaway World Series Cricket (WSC) in Australia in 1977.

He died on December 29 at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack.

The memorial service took place at the Sydney Cricket Ground ahead of today’s one-day match between Australia and Sri Lanka. (News.com.au)