Matthew Hobden dead: Sussex cricketer tipped for 'big future' with England dies at the age of 22

Matthew Hobden had been earmarked to represent England

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The professional cricketer Matthew Hobden has died at the age of 22.

Sussex County Cricket Club announced the death of the pace bowler, who had been tipped to represent his country.

The circumstances around his death remain unclear but it is believed he passed away suddenly while in Scotland, the Daily Mail reported.  

“Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden,” Sussex County Cricket Club said in a statement.

“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.

“He made his first-class debut for Sussex in 2014 and had represented the county across all three formats over the past two seasons. He will be greatly missed.

“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.”

Cricketers from around the country paid their respects.

Mr Hobden had been earmarked as potential England star and was selected to take part in the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) and spend time alongside the senior side.

England players will wear black armbands as a mark of respect on day two of the second Test against South Africa on Sunday.

Mr Hobden was educated at Millfield School in Somerset.