England batsman James Taylor’s career has been brought to an end by a serious heart condition.
Taylor was preparing for the County Championship season ahead with Nottinghamshire, and originally withdrew from last week’s fixture against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral condition.
However, specialist scans revealed on Monday that the 26-year-old has the very serious heart condition, ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia).
Taylor played seven Tests for England, making his debut against South Africa in 2012 and was part of the side that beat the Proteas earlier this year. He also played 27 ODIs and was captain for England’s trip to Ireland last May.
England team director Andrew Strauss said: ‘It is both shocking and saddening to hear that James’s 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.’
Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell added: ‘Myself and all of James’s teammates and colleagues are terribly sad to hear this news, which comes as a big shock to us all.
‘He is a model professional, the most hard working I’ve ever known in cricket, making it all the more difficult to accept that his career has been cut short in this way.
‘It goes without saying that he has the very best wishes of us all in terms of recovering from his operation, and that we are looking forward to seeing him back at Trent Bridge when he is fit and able.’
Safe to say this has been the toughest week of my life! My world is upside down. But I’m here to stay and I’m battling on! #lifestooshort ??
— James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) April 12, 2016