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Ian Bell expresses shock over James Taylor's retirement

Ian Bell expresses shock over James Taylor's retirement
James Taylor (right) and Ian Bell (left) in action during the tri-series in Australia.
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Senior England batsman Ian Bell has stated that the news of James Taylor retiring from the game due to a heart condition came to him as a shock.

After withdrawing from the game against Cambridge MCCU with what was suspected to be a viral infection, Taylor underwent specialist scans which diagnosed Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia, a serious heart condition.

Following the diagnosis, Taylor announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket with immediate effect and is slated to undergo a surgery later this week.

Wishing the 26-year-old a speedy recovery, Bell said that he did not believe the news when it was first conveyed to him.

“It is an immensely sad day,” said Bell.

“We couldn’t believe it when we were told this morning.

“Thoughts are with ‘Titch’ and for a speedy recovery.

“He (James Taylor) is one of the top blokes in English cricket. It is shocking news.”

After the news of Taylor’s retirement broke, many current and former cricketers came out in support of the Nottinghamshire batsman and wished him well for his upcoming surgery.

England pacer Stuart Broad termed the news as “cruel” while opening batsman Jason Roy said that the news was “heart-breaking”.

In his career for England, Taylor played seven Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals, scoring 1199 runs across the two formats with one hundred and nine fifties.

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