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TONY GREIG, the flamboyant England skipper who sparked a revolution that transformed world cricket, has died.
Greig, 66, who had been fighting lung cancer in recent months, died at his home in Sydney, Australia after suffering a heart attack.
Greig, invariably outspoken and passionate in his views, was England captain from 1975-77. He was a key figure in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, the breakaway that had massive ramifications on the world game and the way players were paid and treated.
The Packer breakaway shook the cricket establishment and Greig, as England skipper of the time, was vilified in some quarters for being part of it. But in the long run the bringing in of exciting new ideas - and seeing players paid properly - were massive benefits.
Alec Stewart, England's most capped player and Sunday Mirror columnist, said: "It's very sad news. I got to know Greigy well over the years. It was always good to talk to about cricket with him and he liked nothing better than seeing England beat the Aussies!
"He was big on taking the positive options - both on the cricket field and in life - and to make sure you gave yourself the best chance of success.
"Every cricketer since the Kerry Packer World Series times should be very grateful to Greigy for ensuring professional cricketers are looked after far better than they used to be. Cricket has lost a great man but someone who will not be forgotten."
Nasser Hussain, who captained England between 1999 and 2003, hailed Greig for ushering in a new era.
Hussain said: "It was huge. It was an amateur game before with players just playing for the love of the game. …