James Taylor joins Northamptonshire coaching staff after being forced to retire with heart condition

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The Independent
James Taylor was forced to retire at 26 with a heart condition: Instagram
James Taylor was forced to retire at 26 with a heart condition: Instagram

Former England batsman James Taylor has joined Northamptonshire's coaching team for this summer's Royal London One-Day Cup.

Taylor's playing career was curtailed at the age of 26 almost a year ago after he was diagnosed with the heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

He has worked as a pundit on television and radio since then but will put his considerable prowess in the 50-over format to good use at Wantage Road, where he will assist the coaches on a consultancy basis.

Taylor averaged 42.23 in 27 one-day internationals, the highlight of which came with a match-winning hundred against Australia in 2015, while a List A average of 53.11 is the fourth highest of all-time among those with a minimum of 50 innings.

Northants head coach David Ripley told the club's official website: "James has a fantastic 50-over record, averaging over 50 which is obviously outstanding.

"It's very unfortunate for James not to be playing anymore, but it's great to see his desire to still be involved with the game. I believe he can offer good advice, and relay his one-day cricket experiences on to our batsmen."

Northants finished top of the North Group in last year's competition but were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Surrey.

Taylor added: "I'm excited - they are a skillful side who have clearly done well in one-day cricket in the past. I spent a bit of time commentating at The County Ground last season and am keen to offer up my expertise to the squad.

"Whilst my focus will no doubt be on the batsmen, I will be on hand to assist across all areas. I can't wait to get started."

Former Northants batsman David Sales has also returned to the county as a part-time batting coach.


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