Whatever He Did Tony Was Huge - as a Character, as a Man, as a Cricketer; ENGLAND LEGEND GREIG DIES OF A HEART ATTACK

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Byline: Nick Dorman

Tta THE world of cricket paid tribute to Tony Greig last night after his shock death from a heart attack aged 66.

Former England captain and revered commentator Greig was taken to hospital after collapsing yesterday.

vt But doctors were unable to save the dad-of-four and he died with wife Vivian and his family by his side.

dV BBC Test Match Special host Jonathan Agnew said: "He was a massive character.

Whatever he did Tony was huge - as a character, as a man, as a cricketer."

ada " The 6ft 6in all-rounder, who was diagnosed with lung cancer two months t ago, played 58 Tests for England from 1972 to 1977 including 14 as skipper.

mW He gave up the captaincy to join Aussie media magnate Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series before becoming a TV commentator for stations, including Channel 4 and Sky Sports.

Sir Ian Botham, who also captained England, added: "I'm very sad and very emotional.

He was flamboyant and extroverted, faster than light and he made things happen. He was an amazing guy and so full of energy."

Bob Willis, another ex-England skipper, said: "It's a very sad day for cricket - 66 is no sort of innings."

Greig, who scored more than 3,500 runs and took 141 wickets in his Test career, died around 1.45pm after being taken from his home in Sydney to the city's St Vincent's Hospital.

When he was diagnosed with cancer, he was said to have told work colleagues: "It's not good."

South African-born Greig, who played for Sussex, controversially helped recruit several England players for the World Series when he gave up his captaincy. …