London - Former England batsman James
Taylor has said he feared he was about to die in the incident that led to the
premature end of his cricket career.
Taylor, 26, had to quit the game just when
he was on the brink of establishing himself as an England Test player after it
was discovered he was suffering from a potentially fatal heart condition,
(Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Arrhythmia).
"Everyone thinks it was found in a
routine heart check which wasn't the case," Taylor told the BBC, adding he
had in fact collapsed in an early season match for his county side,
Nottinghamshire, against a Cambridge student team.
"I had my usual morning nap, and then did
the warm-up. Towards the back end of the warm-up that's when my chest started
"Apart from being tight it was beating
at a million miles an hour. We were doing just a couple of routine catches and
"My heart was going wild at a funny
rhythm. It was probably only about four degrees, really cold, and I got inside.
Sweat from me is hitting the ground hard. So I knew I wasn't right.
"And that's when I thought I was going
Although his seven Tests yielded a modest
average of 26, his top score of 76 came against Pakistan in Sharjah in November
last year. Taylor also made 27 one-day international appearances, averaging
42.23, with his lone century scored against Australia at Old Trafford in
Taylor, who thanked doctors and medical
staff at Nottingham City Hospital for "saving my life", said
adjusting to a future without playing cricket had been the toughest thing of
"I think that's been the hardest
bit," said Taylor. "When the doctor told me, I was in hysterics at
"But then he told me that the majority
of these cases are only found out in the post-mortem. I almost stopped crying
at that point and felt more lucky that I'm in a position to tell this story
Now Taylor hopes to stay connected to
cricket in a different role.
"I will desperately miss not being
able to play it but I do really enjoy helping people in any way that I can, so
fingers crossed I'll be involved in some way," he said.