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Sussex County Cricket Club are saddened to learn of the passing of former captain Tony Greig this morning, who died aged 66 in Sydney.

He played for Sussex between 1966-78 after having a trial with them at the age of 19 and scored 156 on his debut against Lancashire.

Greig scored 3,599 Test runs at an average of 40.43 and was also more than handy with the ball, claiming 141 wickets at an average of 32.20.

He finished playing for England at the age of 30 to take up a position in Kerry Packer's breakaway World Series Cricket competition, where he was one of the star recruits.

Greig, a right-handed middle-order batsman and medium-fast seamer, made his Test debut for England against Australia in 1972, and captained the national team from 1975-1977 after succeeding Mike Denness as skipper. He lived in Sydney from the late 1970s and commentated on cricket for Channel Nine for 33 years.

Chairman Jim May said, "We are very sorry to learn that Tony Greig has passed away. As a player and as a captain he had a massive impact on Sussex.

"We are particularly saddened as we had the pleasure of showing Tony, his wife Vivian and his children Beau and Tom the redeveloped County Ground on 1st July this year. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."

Tony Greig is pictured above in the Spen Cama Pavilion during his visit to Hove in the summer of 2012

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