Greig in vow over cancer battle

  • Last Updated: October 22 2012, 16:38 BST

Former England cricket captain Tony Greig has vowed to give fighting cancer his "best shot".

Greig: Messages of support from around the world

South African-born Greig, 66, who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, tweeted: "Thanks to all of you who have sent me good wishes for a recovery.

"With your prayers and the help of my family I will give it my best shot."

Words of support have already flooded in from across the world.

Ex-England cricket skipper Michael Vaughan tweeted: "Fight Hard Tony... All right behind you..."

Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke tweeted: "On behalf of the current Australian Cricket team we wish you all the best at this tough time mate."

Former Pakistan test cricketer Ramiz Raja added: "Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family Inshalah you will pull through. Speedy recovery mate!"

A small lesion was found in the base of Greig's right lung leading to a large fluid removal.

This later led to a cancer diagnosis.

Greig famously defected to Australia to become one of the leading players in Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket in 1977.

He has lived in Sydney, Australia, for over three decades and has been a long-standing member of Nine's broadcast team with veteran trio Bill Lawry, Ian Chappell and Richie Benaud.

Greig said his priority was his family and his health, and he is unsure whether he will be with Nine to commentate on Australia's first Test against South Africa on November 9.


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