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‘One hell of a player': Twitter salutes James Taylor after heart condition forces him to retire from cricket

England batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire from cricket at the age of 26 due to a serious heart condition, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday.

Taylor, who plays county cricket for Nottinghamshire, withdrew from last week's game against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral infection.

File photo of James Taylor. Getty Images

File photo of James Taylor. Getty Images

However, scans revealed he has a serious heart condition known as Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia (ARVC).

"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!" Taylor said on his Twitter account.

The middle order batsman played seven test matches and 27 one-day internationals for England and captained the side against Ireland in May last year.

Just as Taylor tweeted the heart-breaking news, tributes flew in from all corners of the world wishing him best.

Updated Date: April 13, 2016 09:21:14 IST

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