Renowned TV commentator Benaud pays tribute to 'gifted colleague' Greig

Last Updated: Thu, Jan 03, 2013 07:20 hrs

Legendary television commentator Richie Benaud has paid tribute to former England captain Tony Greig, 'a gifted colleague and friend'.

The former Australian captain told Channel 9 that the striking thing about Greig was his strength, adding that he was a terrific guy.

According to, tributes continued after Greig's sudden death on Saturday from a heart attack as he fought lung cancer.

Benaud said that Greig loved new technology, he always saw it as being for the people at home, watching it on their televisions, he always put the people at home first.

There was a third team lining up at the anthem ceremony before the third Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground today, the report said.

Tony Greig's family and the Channel 9 commentary team were invited by opposing captains Michael Clarke and Mahela Jayawardene to join the players and officials on the SCG before play, it added.

His wife Vivian has been overcome by the outpouring of emotion following her husband's sudden passing.

According to the report, Mark Taylor recalled being overawed when he first joined the commentary team. (ANI)

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