Former Sussex and England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior expressed his sadness at the news of the tragic death of young cricketer Matthew Hobden.
“Thoughts & prayers with all of Matt Hobden’s family at this tragic time,” Prior wrote on Twitter. “A great guy with a huge future taken far too soon. #riphobsy
“One of those days when u get a call that puts perspective on things. Live life and love everyday as much as you can! So sad! #RIPhobsy”
Hobden was one of six pacemen chosen to take part in the Potential England Performance Programme (PEPP) this winter, with his potential having been noted as a possible future international.
The group of bowlers were due to spend time in Johannesburg alongside the senior England side, helping with preparations for the upcoming one-day international series against South Africa.
Hobden had two first-class five-wicket hauls on his career record.
England one-day captain Eoin Morgan said: “Thoughts and prayers are with Matt Hobden’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”
Hobden was born in Eastbourne and attended Eastbourne College.
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