The Nottinghamshire and England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire from cricket due to a serious heart condition.

Taylor originally withdrew from last week’s game against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral condition but scans carried out earlier this week showed that the 26 year old is suffering from ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia) and he is now preparing to undergo surgery in the coming days.

When the news broke Taylor tweeted to say that while the diagnosis was incredibly tough he is “here to stay and I’m battling on!” However, he has not yet commented on what direction he may pursue after he has recovered from the forthcoming surgery.

Big names from the world of sport were quick to offer Taylor their support. England Team Director Andrew Strauss said that the news was “shocking and saddening” and went to so say that Taylor has “constantly impressed” which makes the news “immensely cruel”.

Strauss went on to say that the ECB will work together with Nottinghamshire to make sure that Taylor receives the best possibly care and any help he may need to aid him in his recovery.
Nassar Husain said that Taylor was a “fantastic cricketer, a top guy” and said that the news was extremely sad as “he could’ve become a fantastic England player in the future”.

Taylor began his professional cricket career with Leicestershire before moving to Trent Bridge in 2011. He made his Test debut against South Africa at Headingley in 2012. He has scored more than 9,000 first-class runs at an average above 46 and hit 20 centuries. He has played in 27 one-day international matches for England which have yielded 887 runs at an average of 42.23.