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Cricket revolutionary Greig passes away

Updated 10:22 PM ET, Tue January 1, 2013
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Tony Greig was best known in later years as a cricket commentator for Australia's Nine Network and other broadcasters around the world. Getty Images
Seen here at the 2011 World Cup, he was well-known for his prematch pitch reports -- he stuck his car key into the playing surface to ascertain moisture levels. Getty Images
Last year he was honored for his work in Australian television at the Logie Awards, but he was diagnosed with lung cancer in October 2012 before passing away on December 29. Getty Images
Born in South Africa, he went on to captain England due to his Scottish father. In 1976 he was made to pay for comments that he would make the West Indies "grovel" as the tourists unleashed a fearsome pace attack. Getty Images
Having been beaten 3-0, he redeemed himself by leading England to a first series win in India in 15 years. However, his international career was soon to end. Getty Images
Greig took the English cricket authorities to court in 1977 after they threatened to ban players he helped sign up for the rebel World Series Cricket competition. Getty Images
He won that battle but struggled in the Kerry Packer-funded tournament's first year, in which he was one of the captains along with West Indies' Clive Lloyd and Australia's Ian Chappell. However, it eventually proved a great success and transformed the way cricket was played and presented. Getty Images