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James Taylor: Former Shrewsbury and England cricketer ties the knot

By Andrew Morris | News | Published:

Former Shrewsbury Cricket Club and England international cricketer James Taylor has tied the knot with his girlfriend Josie.

James Taylor and his wife Josie. Picture from James Taylor's Twitter account.

The star, who had to retire in 2016 due to a serious heart condition, shared this picture with fans on his Twitter page yesterday.

Taylor, who turned out in the Birmingham League for Shrewsbury, played the first of his seven Tests against South Africa in 2012. Alongside the picture, he tweeted: “What a magical day”.

Now fitted with an internal defibrillator that will kick in if his heart fails, the 27-year-old can no longer play.

But he is busier than ever, coaching, commentating and giving talks.

He was at Ellesmere College earlier this year as the keynote speaker at the Shropshire Cricket Coaches Association’s Coaching Conference.

The talented batsman played in seven internationals for England and was about to play his first game of last year’s season when his heart went into overdrive.

Unable to continue he went home and then took himself to hospital in the evening.

“The doctors said I had a heartbeat of 265 beats a minute.

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“They said it was a miracle that I has survived the day and had been able to get into hospital,” he said during the visit.

He was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy and told his playing career was at an end.

Now, he is involved in coaching in the north of England where he lives and tours Britain doing question and answer sessions. The biggest surprise to him has he said, been his career in commentating.Taylor also commentates for Sky, BT Sport and BBC Test Match Special.

Andrew Morris

By Andrew Morris
Local Democracy Reporter - @AndyMorrisLDR

Local Democracy Reporter covering Shropshire.

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