One of the brightest prospects in English cricket, Tom Maynard, died on Monday morning at the age of 23 when he was hit by a train in London.
Surrey batsman Maynard was struck by a London Underground train just after 5am near Wimbledon. It is thought that the Cardiff-born player may have been trying to avoid police when he died.
The big-hitting batsman turned professional at his home county Glamorgan five years ago and averaged 32.65 in first-class cricket. He travelled to Bangladesh with the England Lions and was being tipped to follow in the footsteps of his father Matthew, who earned 18 international caps.
Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, led the tributes to the player, claiming Maynard was destined for greatness.
"He had the world at his feet. I played with his old man when he played for England and Tom was very much on that pathway," he said. "He was an incredibly talented cricketer. He played for the Lions in the winter. He impressed all the coaches there. They liked him as a person and as a player and to have his life cut short in this way is an absolute tragedy."
Maynard, a likeable and charismatic player at Surrey according to members of the club, played for the county in their Twenty20 game in Kent just 14 hours before he died, scoring seven runs.
British Transport Police (BTP) confirmed around midday on Monday that a 23-year-old man, named locally as Maynard, died after being hit by the train as it entered Wimbledon Park station after leaving Southfields.
It emerged that Maynard appeared to have been trying to escape police. Officers tried to pull over a black Mercedes, which was being driven "erratically", an hour before Maynard's body was found. The BTP added that it was not treating the death as suspicious.
Surrey and England batsman Kevin Pietersen led the tributes on the micro-blogging site, saying: "So unbelievably sad!! The Maynard family is so special!! Thoughts are with this special family!! Loads of love guys!! KP xxx #RIPTom''
Former Glamorgan team-mate Simon Jones said: "Don't know what to say or do, bruiser you'll be sorely missed, you were a special special person and talent! Love you bro."