England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has been forced to retire aged just 26 due to a serious heart condition.
The right-handed batsman initially withdrew from the Nottinghamshire squad to face Cambridge MCCU after what was believed to be a viral condition, however, further scans have revealed that he is suffering from Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia which would mean advanced treatments including an operation which is due to be performed in the upcoming weeks.
ECB Director Andrew Strauss said: "It is both shocking and saddening to hear that James' career has been cut short in such a sudden and unexpected manner.
"Throughout his career, he has constantly impressed with his determination to make the absolute most of his ability, and is immensely ccruel that such a hard working player will be unable to fulfil his great potential in the international arena.
"The ECB will work closely with Nottinghamshire and together we will do everything possible to help James throuvh this difficult period, and aid him in his recovery."
Nottinghamshire's Director of Cricket Mick Newell said: "Myself and all of James' teammates and colleagues are terribly sad to hear this news, which comes as a big shock to us all.
"He is a model professional, the most hard working I've ever known in Cricket , making it all the more difficult to accept that his career has been cut short in this way.
"It goes without saying that he has the very best wishes of us all in terms of recovering from his operation, and that we are looking forward to see him back at Trent Bridge when he is fit and able."
During his time with England, James Taylor won 7 test caps for England while also featuring 27 times for the ODI side. He was also a part of the England side that recently claimed a historic test series win in South Africa.