LONDON, April 12: Nottinghamshire and England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire at the age of just 26 because of a �very serious� heart condition, his county announced today.
Taylor, who won the last of his seven caps in England�s most recent Test against South Africa at Centurion three months ago, withdrew from Nottinghamshire�s opening and ongoing County Championship match at home to Surrey because of illness.
The Midlands county announced on its website on Tuesday that �specialist scans revealed yesterday (Monday) that the 26-year-old has the very serious heart condition, ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia).�
Taylor, whose condition requires surgery, told his Twitter followers: �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.�
His diagnosis is similar to that of former Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba, whose career was cut short after he collapsed on the pitch in 2012. � AFP