James Taylor appointed England selector

James Taylor has joined Ed Smith and Trevor Bayliss as an England selector.

Former England batsman James Taylor   -  Getty Images

James Taylor has joined the England and Wales Cricket Board's three-man selection panel. Former England batsman Taylor was forced into early retirement in 2016 at the age of 26 after being diagnosed with heart condition ARVC.

He moved into commentary while also taking a role as a talent scout with the ECB, which has now promoted him to the role of England selector.

"I'm thrilled to be taking up this role with the ECB and once again supporting the England set-up. This is an important role and it's a huge honour to be appointed," Taylor said.

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"I have always been deeply passionate about the game and will bring all of my energy and experience - from the Lions, domestic cricket and the international Test and white-ball game - to this task."

Taylor will form part of a three-man panel that also includes national selector Ed Smith and England head coach Trevor Bayliss. "I'm excited to be given the opportunity to work alongside Ed Smith and can't wait to get started," he added.

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