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Published: 14:30 | 12/4/16

Strauss shocked by Taylor retirement

Heart condition forces batsman to quit

ECB director Andrew Strauss was 'shocked and saddened' to hear of James Taylor's retirement from cricket because of a serious heart condition.

The Nottinghamshire and England batsman missed his county's match against Cambridge MCCU last week, although his absence was believed to be due to a virus.

However, Taylor subsequently revealed that he faces an operation and has been forced to retire from sporting competition.

The England and Wales Cricket Board's Strauss reacted: "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."

Taylor made seven Test-match appearances, including in England's latest encounter, against South Africa at Centurion in January.

The 26-year-old said on Twitter: "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".

Taylor's condition, ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia), is similar to that which forced former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba to retire from football following his collapse whilst playing against Tottenham Hotspur in 2012.

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