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Cricket's baritone voice no more

cricket Updated: Dec 30, 2012 01:16 IST

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Former England captain Tony Greig and one of the most famous voices in television cricket commentary, died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, died at about 1:45 pm (8.15 AM IST).

A larger-than-life figure standing 6ft 6in, South Africa-born Greig was an outstanding all-rounder.

Greig could bowl at either a lively medium-pace or employ quickish off-spin. Greig and controversy were never far apart.

On the West Indies tour in 1974 he ran out Alvin Kallicharran while the batsman was walking back after the last ball of the day had been bowled.

In 1976, Greig attracted further controversy before a series against West Indies when he said he intended to make the tourists "grovel".

The use of the word by a white South African in a time of heightened racial tensions enraged the West Indies, whose bowlers lifted their pace when Greig arrived at the crease on their way to a 3-0 series victory.

Greig's biggest impact on the game came after he joined forces in 1977 with late Australian businessman Kerry Packer to set up breakaway World Series Cricket (WSC) competition.