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Nottinghamshire cricket star found asleep in car

Image caption Brendan Taylor dazzled with his batting at the last World Cup but then retired from international cricket

A Nottinghamshire man has spoken of his surprise at finding an ex-international cricketer asleep in his car.

Michael Whitaker, 45, from West Bridgford, was leaving for work on Wednesday when he found someone lying in his unlocked Chevrolet Matiz.

It turned out to be former Zimbabwean captain and current Nottinghamshire batsman Brendan Taylor, who had got lost after celebrating a victory.

Mr Whitaker told the Nottingham Post he ultimately saw the funny side.

Brendan Taylor, 29, retired from international cricket after starring at the World Cup and came to play for Nottinghamshire.

Valet offer

On Tuesday the team won a match in the One-Day Cup in Nottingham.

Mr Whitaker told the paper he called the police and waited nearby.

He said: "Neither myself, the police or Brendan knew what to do.

"I don't think he knew where he was but he was very apologetic and it quickly became clear that it was very innocent.

"Realising who it was made it even funnier because how often do you find an international cricket star asleep in your car?"

Nottinghamshire Police said: "We attended the scene but the car had not been broken into and no offences had been committed.

"The man in the car was extremely apologetic and even offered to get the car valeted."

Neither Mr Taylor nor the cricket club have commented.

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