Nottinghamshire and England batsman Taylor forced to retire

Notts and England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire at the age of 26

Notts and England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire at the age of 26

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Nottinghamshire and England batsman James Taylor, who scored a record-breaking 291 at Horsham’s Cricketfield Road last year, has been forced to retire due to a serious heart condition.

The 26-year-old has Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia - a condition similar to the one which affected Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba.

Taylor missed his county’s pre-season fixture against Cambridge MCCU with what was thought to be a viral condition, but scans have revealed the shocking find.

Taylor tweeted: “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!”

He had played seven Tests since making his debut in 2012, averaging 26 with a highest score of 76.

He had also played in 27 one-day internationals, with an impressive average of 42.23 and a highest score of 101.

James Taylor on the way to scoring 291 against Sussex at Horsham

James Taylor on the way to scoring 291 against Sussex at Horsham

Taylor scored the fourth-highest individual score of all-time by a Nottinghamshire batsman in their LV= County Championship game against Sussex at Horsham last July.

His career-best 291 came from 385 balls with 39 fours and two sixes, as Notts closed their first innings on 570 for seven declared - they eventually eased to a four-day victory.

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