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A TOP crick­eter, who was tipped for in­ter­na­tional star­dom, was hit by a train as he tried to get away from po­lice af­ter a drink and drugs binge, an in­quest heard.

Tom May­nard, 23, was nearly four times over the drink drive limit at the time of his death in the early hours of June 18 last year, and was a reg­u­lar drug user.

Anal­y­sis of the Eng­land prospect’s hair re­vealed co­caine lev­els which was con­sis­tent with ‘reg­u­lar or daily use’, West­min­ster Coroners Court heard.

Ec­stasy was also found in his body prov­ing he had taken the drug in the pre­vi­ous few months.

The in­quest heard that May­nard, who had played for his Sur­rey Club hours be­fore he died, had been out drink­ing with his two flat­mates be­fore de­cid­ing to drive to his glam­our model girl­friend, Carly Baker’s home at 3.30am.

Po­lice fol­lowed his black Mercedes C250 coupe af­ter spot­ting him driv­ing er­rat­i­cally but when they tried to stop him he got out his car and ran off.

Of­fi­cers used snif­fer dogs to search for him for 50 min­utes but he was found dead on the tracks near Wim­ble­don Park tube sta­tion in south Lon­don hours later. It is be­lieved he was hit by the first tube train of the day.

Pathol­o­gist Dr Simon Poole said he found burn marks on May­nard’s right foot, an­kle and shin con­sis­tent with con­tact with a live rail­way track. But he said he was un­able to say for sure if he had been elec­tro­cuted be­fore or af­ter he was run over.

Tox­i­col­o­gist Dr Fiona Perry said she be­lieved he had taken co­caine in the ‘last day or so’ but said it could have been in the last few hours of his life.

A post-mortem found May­nard, of Wandsworth, south Lon­don, died of mul­ti­ple in­juries.

May­nard’s fa­ther, former Eng­land bats­man Matthew May­nard, de­scribed his son as ‘sports mad’, and pals said ‘God knows where his tal­ent would have led him’.

The in­quest con­tin­ues.

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