Maynard family 'devastated' by death

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Tom Maynard's family said they are devastated by his death aged 23

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Tom Maynard's family said they are devastated by his death aged 23

The family of Tom Maynard has released a statement describing the death of the England prospect as "devastating".

Maynard, 23, died on Monday at around 5am after being hit by a London Underground train at Wimbledon Park. It is thought that the Surrey batsman, son of former England cricketer Matthew, may have been trying to avoid police at the time of his death.

"The Maynard family would like to thank everyone for the many messages of support following Tom's tragic death in London yesterday morning," read the statement issued through the British Transport Police.

"As you can appreciate, the news has come as a devastating blow and although the family is grateful for all the kind messages of sympathy, we would ask that we can be left to grieve in private at this very difficult and sad time for us."

Glamorgan's Friends Life t20 match against the Worcestershire Royals on Wednesday has been postponed as a mark of respect for Maynard and his family.

Surrey's FriendsLife t20 game against the Hampshire Royals on Tuesday had already been postponed.

The county's pace bowler Jade Dernbach, who has been withdrawn from the remainder of England's one day international series against the West Indies on compassionate grounds, used Twitter to express his grief over the death of his friend.

"The day is not as bright without you here with us. Will love you always and forever brother.#RIPTom," he tweeted.

England one-day captain Alastair Cook spoke before the start of the second NatWest Series match against the West Indies of the impact Maynard's death has had on the squad.

"It's been an incredibly sad 24 hours. It's hit all of us in this team quite hard," Cook told Sky Sports. "All our thoughts and prayers are obviously with the Maynard family at this difficult time."

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