Tom had exceptional talent and was destined for international honours sooner rather than later. He enjoyed a wonderful first season for Surrey last year, and at 23 had so many productive years ahead of him to entertain us all.
Apart from his prodigious talent, he was just a likeable and easy-going young man. He was courteous, well-mannered and a joy to deal with on a professional basis.
These days, many leading sportsmen are reluctant to give interviews or insist on the need to go through an agent or a third party. This was never the case with Tom.
Two years ago, I asked for an interview at the Swalec Stadium and back came the reply immediately. "You stay there," he said. "I'll come over to the media centre and save you coming to the pavilion."
This was so typical of Tom. And when he scored a century against Glamorgan last season there was only a modest celebration when he realised it was against "his best mates" - his closest friends in the game.
We will remember you, Tom, as someone who adorned the game, who gave pleasure to many with your dynamic and inhibited stroke-play; but also as one of the nicest and most personable guys that has played this wonderful game.
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