Former England batsman James Taylor has announced his engagement just weeks after being forced to retire at an early age of 26 because of a serious heart condition.
James Taylor, the Nottinghamshire and England batsman, described his world as having been turned “upside down” following his retirement.Taylor’s condition is similar to that of the former Bolton footballer Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed during a match at White Hart Lane in 2012.
However, it seems he has moved on in life as he proposed to girlfriend Josie Naylor during a romantic picnic last week. He joked that his early retirement meant he could do it a few weeks earlier than planned.
“Luckily for Josie’s sake, it wasn’t just a knee-jerk reaction (to his condition). I’d had the ring for a few months, actually,” Taylor told on a television programme on Wednesday.
“We went for a nice picnic where we actually had our first picnic together, so it was pretty simple.
“I couldn’t get my heart racing too much. I handed her the ring and kept it pretty simple.”
Ms. Naylor added: “It is nice to have something to smile about after all of this.”
The retired cricketer now wears a life vest or an external defibrillator, which could deliver an electric shock if he were to keel over and is having further tests, with surgery set for June.