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Maynard death overshadows Oval win.

There was a sombre atmosphere at the Oval for England’s second one-day international against West Indies. The match was overshadowed by the death of the young English batsman Tom Maynard two days earlier.

Maynard died after being hit by a tube train in Wimbledon. He was well-known to several of the England players. One squad member, Jade Dernbach, who was particularly close to Maynard, was given compassionate leave for the match.

The players observed a minute’s silence before the match and wore black armbands. Maynard was a very promising batsman and many believed he was likely to make the England team in time.

England captain Alastair Cook said that it had been difficult playing the match in the aftermath of the tragedy. "It's been a tough 36 hours for us as a team," Cook said. "It was obviously incredibly sad news and I think quite a few boys were emotional, especially today at the minute's silence. On the cricket front, the way we handled it and came out to set the tone was how we went from there."

England won the game comfortably, with Cook’s century showing the way. West Indies’ Chris Gayle had threatened to accumulate a daunting target with some impressive hitting but was given out in controversial circumstances when he appeared to get an edge on an lbw decision.

In the circumstances Cook wasn’t celebrating the win, although it secured the series for England. Maynard’s death was still the dominant issue. "It puts cricket into perspective," Cook said. "We spoke about it and tried to put in a very good team performance, which we did."

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