Members of the Greig family (R) and Channel Nine cricket commentary team (L) stand in silence to mark the passing of former England Test crickter and Channel Nine cricket commentator Tony Greig prior to day one of the Third Test. Photo: Getty Images
Australian cricket has bid a fond farewell to former England captain Tony Greig on the first morning of the final Test against Sri Lanka.
The crowd stood to observe a minute's silence in honour of Greig, who died last weekend aged 66 from a heart attack while battling lung cancer.
Greig's trademark sunhat sat on top of the stumps at the member's end before play, before being taken away by his sons Mark and Tom, who like many in the stands were also wearing wide brimmed hats as a token of respect.
Australia v Sri Lanka, SCG - Day One
Michael Hussey leads Australia on to the field at the start of the test against Sri Lanka at the SCG. Photo: Brendan Esposito
The sons embraced before heading from the ground before the start of play.
Greig's family and the Channel 9 commentary team were invited by opposing captains Michael Clarke and Mahela Jayawardene to join the players and officials on the SCG before play.
His wife Vivian was overcome by the outpouring of emotion, saying on Test eve: "I just wish he could have seen it."
The hat of the late Tony Greig features ahead of play during day one of the Third Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Photo: Getty Images
"I'm so grateful, truly grateful.
"For Channel 9 and Cricket Australia to organise this tribute to him is truly touching.
"Channel 9 has been like a family. They have been working together for such a long time."
The SCG Trust had urged fans to wear Greig-style wide brimmed hats, and thousands did.
Australian captain Clarke also wore a neckerchief, in Tony Greig style, as a personal tribute, as he led the Australians onto the field.