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Cricket Mourns Death Of Matthew Hobden Aged Just 22

England's bowling coach said he was "certain" Matthew Hobden would have played for England.

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Sussex Cricket announced his death in a statement issued on Saturday night without giving a cause of death.

"Matthew was an exciting young cricketer with a big future ahead of him in the game. He was a fantastic individual who had progressed through Sussex's Youth and Academy ranks, having been born locally in Eastbourne," the statement said.

"Sussex would like to offer their deepest condolences to Matthew's family and friends at this difficult time. Players and staff will be offered as much support as is possible and we would like both Matthew's family, and everyone connected with Sussex Cricket, to be respected with privacy at this time."

Team-mates have been paying tribute to Hobden, and expressing shock at his death.

No words. Should have been many, many more photos like this. Miss you mate. RIP x

Can't describe the feeling of losing such a lovely guy. Great fun in the dressing room and had everything to look forward to xx

In a statement the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), said it was "shocked and saddened" to learn of Hobden's death.

Kevin Shine, the ECB's lead fast bowling coach, said: "Matt was a young cricketer with huge potential, and he is going to be missed so badly by all the guys. He made you smile every time you saw him, because he was so excited to be there and wanted to be the best he could."

He added: "As a player, I remember the first time I saw him just thinking 'wow'. He was the strongest, most powerful cricketer I've ever seen on that programme – up there with elite athletes from different sports. His potential was huge, he was improving rapidly and I'm certain that he would have played for England.

"But for all that, my over-riding memory of Matt will be of his character, he was a wonderful lad. It's devastating for all who knew him to have lost him so young."

Cricketers Ian Bell, Ryan Sidebottom, Luke Wright and Matt Prior also paid tribute to Hobden.

Such sad news about Matthew Hobden. Thoughts and prayers with his family and @SussexCCC at this time.

Woke up to the really Sad news of the passing of Matt Hobden ... A real talent an taken too early !! Enjoy life an be happy #RIP

Thoughts & prayers with all of Matt Hobden's family at this tragic time. A great guy with a huge future taken far too soon. #riphobsy

Devastated to hear the news late last night about Matt! Such a great man & team mate taken far too soon. Gutted. Thoughts with his family.

Matthew Champion is a weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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