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.

England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss, Taylor's first England Test captain, said, "It is both shocking and saddening to hear that James' career has been cut short in such a sudden and unexpected manner”.

Latest News from Sports News Desk