James Taylor announces engagement after early retirement

first_imgJames Taylor, who was forced to retire at the age of 26 because of a serious heart condition, is looking ahead to a brighter future.The former England batsman has announced his engagement weeks after he made the call to hang up his boots. (England vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test: Live Updates)Despite his career ending prematurely, Taylor is getting on with the rest of his life and proposed to girlfriend Josie Naylor last week.”Luckily for Josie’s sake, it wasn’t just a knee jerk reaction (to his condition). I’d had the ring for a few months, actually,” Taylor told the Good Morning Britain television programme on Wednesday.Great morning on @GMB thanks for having us! Just about managed to hold back the tears ?? #GMB pic.twitter.com/nGdJD69KqZ James Taylor (@jamestaylor20) May 18, 2016″We went for a nice picnic where we actually had our first picnic together, so it was pretty simple.”I couldn’t get my heart racing too much. I handed her the ring and kept it pretty simple.”Ms Naylor added: “It is nice to have something to smile about after all of this.”Taylor, who played county cricket for Leicestershire and then Nottinghamshire, was forced to retire with immediate effect last month after scans revealed the condition.The 26-year-old’s diagnosis is similar to that of former Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the field after suffering a cardiac arrest in an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in 2012.Taylor scored more than 9,000 first-class runs at an average above 46 and hit 20 centuries.advertisementHe won his seventh Test cap for England against South Africa at Centurion earlier this year.Taylor now wears a life vest or an external defibrillator, which could deliver an electric shock if he were to keel over and is having further tests, with surgery set for June.last_img read more