Matthew Hobden
Matthew Hobden took 48 wickets at an average of 39.35 during his first-class careerGetty

Sussex County Cricket Club have confirmed the tragic passing of promising young English cricketer Matthew Hobden on 2 January. The circumstances surrounding the right-arm fast bowler's death remain unclear at this stage.

An official statement, released through the club's website, read: "Sussex Cricket is deeply shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Matthew Hobden.

"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. The club will make no further comment at this stage."

Hobden featured in 18 first-class matches during his career, taking 48 wickets at an average of 39.35. He made his debut for Cardiff MCC University against Somerset at Taunton in March 2012 and had twice previously been named in his country's potential performance programme.

England's cricketers are currently donning black armbands in memory of Hobden during the second day of the second Test against South Africa in Cape Town.