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James Taylor has been forced to retire from cricket after scans have revealed that he has a serious heart condition. 

Taylor, who is only 26-years-old, has played seven Tests and 27 one-day internationals for England. 

The England and Nottinghamshire batsman has a similar condition to the one which affected former footballer Fabrice Muamba.

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Muamba, of course, collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane in 2012 and came extremely close to death. 

In fact, the ex-Bolton star has sent a message of support to Taylor. Taking to social media, as you can see in the tweet below, Muamba insisted that having life is 'a great option'. 

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Muamba message 

He tweeted: "Having life is a great option. Retirement is inevitable but for some of us it's just earlier than expected. Enjoy life."

Taylor tweets 

Taylor himself has taken to social media and admitted that his world has been turned upside down but has insisted that he will continue to battle on. 

Writing on Twitter, Taylor stated: "Safe to say this has been the toughest week of my life!

"My world is upside down. But I'm here to stay and I'm battling on!"

Taylor has also responded to Muamba, insisting that he would love to meet him and hailed him as an inspiration. 

He tweeted: "Look forward to hopefully meeting you one day mate! #inspiration"

It was initially thought that Taylor had a viral condition, but he has been diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia (ARVC).

Nottinghamshire statement 

Nottinghamshire have released a statemnent regarding Taylor's situation. 

A Nottinghamshire statement read: “Nottinghamshire & England batsman James Taylor’s career has been sadly brought to an end by a serious heart condition.

“Taylor originally withdrew from last week’s fixture against Cambridge MCCU with what was believed to be a viral condition.

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“However, specialist scans revealed yesterday that the 26-year-old has the very serious heart condition, ARVC (Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy).

“Taylor’s diagnosis is similar to that of former footballer Fabrice Muamba following his collapse on the field in 2012. He requires an operation, which will take place in the coming days.”

Andrew Strauss reacts 

England team director Andrew Strauss, meanwhile, has hailed Taylor for his 'determination' and has insisted that it's cruel on him that he will be unable to fulfil 'his great potential'.

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Strauss stated: "Throughout his career, he has constantly impressed with his determination to make the absolute most of his ability," said Strauss.

"It is immensely cruel that such a hard working player will be unable to fulfil his great potential in the international arena."

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