James Taylor was forced into retirement from international cricket in 2016. © Getty Images

James Taylor was forced into retirement from international cricket in 2016. © Getty Images

James Taylor was appointed England selector on Friday (July 13) and the former England batsman will work in tandem with Ed Smith, the incumbent national selector, and Trevor Bayliss, the England coach.

Taylor, who played seven Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals, retired from all cricket in 2016 after he was diagnosed with a risky heart condition at the age of 26.

The former right-handed batsman has since kept himself occupied, taking up roles as coach, scout and commentator. But he will now focus full time on his job as selector.

“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,” said Taylor. “I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work alongside Ed Smith and can’t wait to get started.”

Smith himself expressed excitement of having a man on board to share his load. “We are excited that James is joining us as a full-time England Selector for the men’s game,” Smith commented on Taylor’s appointment.

“He is highly determined, with a deep knowledge of the contemporary game at domestic and international level. He was the outstanding candidate.

“James’s early retirement has brought a unique opportunity for the game; he can bring his recent experiences and insights to selection, as we seek to identify the best players to drive forward England’s teams in all formats.

“I know that James wants to channel the dedication that shaped his playing career into the new challenge of Talent ID and selection.”