England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire at 26 years-old due to a serious heart condition.
The sad news was revealed by the England Cricket Board today ahead of the 2016/17 counties season.
Taylor withdrew from last week’s fixture against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral condition. However, specialist scans revealed yesterday that the 26-year-old has the very serious heart condition, ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia).
The middle-order batsman played the first of his seven Tests against South Africa in 2012 and again against the same opponents this winter, pulling off some glorious catches against the Proteas.
England Team Director Andrew Strauss said: “It is both shocking and saddening to hear that James’ career has been cut short in such a sudden and unexpected manner.
“Throughout his career, he has constantly impressed with his determination to make the absolute most of his ability, and it is immensely cruel that such a hard working player will be unable to fulfil his great potential in the international arena.
“The ECB will work closely with Nottinghamshire and together we will do everything possible to help James through this difficult period, and aid him in his recovery.”