Former England cricket captain and TV commentator Tony Greig has passed away, according to Australian broadcaster Nine Network. South Africa-born Greig had been diagnosed with lung cancer two months ago, it was reported.


The legend cricketer qualified to play for England by virtue of his Scottish parentage. He was batting all-rounder who bowled both medium pace and off spin. He was captain of England from 1975 to 1977.


In October, Greig had announced he was fighting lung cancer. Initially diagnosed with bronchitis in May, the condition lingered and, by the time of the ICC World Twenty20 that finished in Sri Lanka in October, Greig had tests that revealed a small lesion at the base of his right lung.


On his return to Australia he had fluid removed from the right lung and testing revealed he had lung. Last month, he spoke to the Channel Nine commentary team, of which he is usually a member, during their coverage of the first Test between Australia and South Africa in Brisbane.


After his playing career ended, he became a respected fixture on the Chanel Nine commentary team, and around the world in most cricketing nations on local networks.


He compiled a formidable record as a Test all-rounder, with 3599 runs at an average of 40.43 including eight centuries, and 141 wickets at an average of 32.20, including one haul of 8-86.


Over an 11-year first-class career he played 350 matches for 16,660 runs and 856 wickets and 190 one-day games (22 of them internationals) for 3899 runs and 244 wickets.