So sorry to hear this. He was a great player, a great commentator, and a great innovator as far as the worldwide appeal of the game of cricket was concerned.
As it happens, I had the privilege of witnessing his 'arrival' as an player of international stature - at Lords in 1975. England were facing Australia's best bowling combination for many years - the fearsome 'lady fast bowler, Lillian Thomson'
, plus Max Walker; and very quickly subsided to four down for about 40 runs. Then Greig, supported by David Steele and others, managed not just to avoid getting out, but also to make 96 runs pushing the score well past 200 and into the 'safety zone.'
I found a vid that covers the innings he played that day - I hope people find it interesting. He scored runs with such a 'carefree' approach that it doesn't seem possible that four top England batsmen before him had gone out for low scores before he arrived at the wicket:-
Unfortunately it doesn't show the earlier collapse, which was as dispiriting as Greig's stand, helped by others, was uplifting - but I hope it 'gets over' the fact that one man can make a vast difference to the end result of any cricket match. Greig went on from there to take a few wickets with his bowling, and make yet more runs in the second innings, ensuring a draw; all of which confirmed his place in the England side. Full scorecard here:-
No doubt in my mind, either, that his later support for 'World Series Cricket' was well-placed, and produced a situation where international cricketers finally got paid 'the rate for the job,' which made the game much more entertaining for everybody.
RIP Tony, sorry to lose you, you'll be missed by cricket fans all over the world.........
"Once you have flown, you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards.." - Leonardo da Vinci