Cricket star Maynard dies in train tragedy

Last updated 07:34 19/06/2012
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TRAGEDY: Rising England cricket star Tom Maynard has been killed after being hit by a London underground train.

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Tom Maynard, a batsman of rich promise who was tipped for a successful international career with England's cricket team, died early Monday after being hit by an underground train. He was 23.

Maynard's county side, Surrey, didn't disclose the cause of death but police said a 23-year-old man was pronounced dead by London Ambulance Service medics following an incident at an underground station in Wimbledon, south London, just after 5 a.m. local time (0400 GMT).

"The incident is currently being treated as non-suspicious," British Transport Police said.

Police said they had tried to pull over a man fitting Maynard's description who was driving a car "erratically" in the area an hour before the player was found on the train tracks.

"The male driver of the vehicle - a black Mercedes C250 - made off on foot," the Metropolitan Police said. "Officers were unable to locate the man."

Maynard, who was the son of former England batsman Matthew Maynard, played for Surrey on Sunday in a Twenty20 match against Kent at Beckenham.

He never played for England but was a member of the country's second-string Lions team. Many commentators expected him to eventually make the step up to the senior national side.

Surrey chairman Richard Thompson described Maynard as a "prodigiously talented young batsman who ... was clearly destined for far greater things."

"There is a profound sense of loss at the passing of Tom," Thompson said. "To lose anybody at such a young age is an utterly senseless tragedy."

Maynard joined Surrey from fellow county side Glamorgan, and scored his first century at county level in 2011.

"Tom was a player of enormous potential who had already represented England Lions and had an exciting future ahead of him," said Giles Clarke, chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board. "Our hearts go out to the Maynard family for their tragic loss and we send them and all Tom's many friends and colleagues within the game our deepest sympathies."

As a mark of respect to Maynard, Surrey called off its home Twenty20 game against the Hampshire Royals scheduled to be played on Wednesday.

England is also due to play at The Oval - Surrey's home ground - in a one-day international against the West Indies on Tuesday. England canceled a media conference scheduled for Monday and there was no indication whether the match will go ahead.

Current and former cricketers took to Twitter to pay their respects.

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"Tragic news that a great lad, Tom Maynard is no longer with us. All my thoughts are with his family at this awful time x x" former England captain Andrew Flintoff tweeted.

Another former England captain, Michael Vaughan, added on Twitter: "Thoughts are with Matt Maynard and his family.. Words can't describe the terribly sad news that Tom Maynard has died aged 23... (hash)RIPTOM"

- AP

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