Tony Greig bid poignant SCG adieu with touching tribute

Last Updated: Sun, Jan 20, 2013 06:20 hrs

Former England captain Tony Greig who died of a stroke in Sydney, was given a touching farewell with a lot of laughter, few broad-brimmed hats, and a emotional tribute by his wife, at the Sydney Cricket Ground stadium.

Greig's wife Vivian, who broke down in the middle of her speech, said Greig was her best friend and great love, and thanked him for the life and understanding that both of them shared, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Adding that it had been a privilege to be Tony's wife, Vivian said that her husband had the quality to make anyone feel special, and was a pillar of strength, confidence and love for their family.

As a part of the tribute, commentator Bill Lawry praised Greig's achievements and was given a hearty applause for his Billy Birmingham-inspired impressions of Greig and commentator Richie Benaud, who was also present in the gathering of 300 people.

Recorded messages from England champions Ian Botham and David Gower, and letters from former Indian cricketer Ravi Shastri and Sri Lankan star Arjuna Ranatunga highlighted Greig's achievements, his influence on international cricket, and his deep appreciation for the game.

Lawry described Greig's ability to spend hours in front of his laptop keeping up to date with every match report from different parts of the world.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who also attended the service, hailed Greig, as 'a towering cricket figure'.

The Australian and Sri Lankan squads were in attendance, as were current and former Australian stars Shane Watson, Brett Lee and Andy Bichel.

Greig died of a heart attack in December 2012, following a long battle with lung cancer. (ANI)

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