Former England captains Ian Botham and Nasser Hussain have led the tributes to their late predecessor Tony Greig, who died yesterday at the age of 66.
The South Africa-born Greig, a swashbuckling middle-order batsman and medium-fast bowler, passed away at his home in Sydney, two months after being diagnosed with lung cancer.
He had been working as a television commentator in Australia since retiring from cricket in 1979.
Greig became England captain in 1975 and led the national team for two years before leaving to help launch the controversial World Series Cricket tournament created by late Australian media tycoon Kerry Packer.
His defection created a storm, but Hussain, England captain from 1999 to 2003, said it represented a landmark moment in the sport's evolution.