Former England James Taylor has been appointed as full-time England selector with immediate effect, the ECB announced on Friday (July 13).
“I’m thrilled to be taking up this role with the ECB and once again supporting the England set-up. This is an important role and it’s a huge honour to be appointed,” Taylor said on his appointment.
“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,” he added.
The three-member ECB selection panel will now consist Taylor, national selector Ed Smith and England coach Trevor Bayliss.
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Taylor represented England in seven Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals. In county cricket, he played for Leicestershire from 2008 to 2011 and Nottinghamshire 2012-16, scoring 20 centuries. However, Taylor had to retire from all professional cricket prematurely after being diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy in 2016. He took up the roles of a commentator, coach and England scout thereafter.
“We are excited that James is joining us as a full-time England selector for the men’s game. He is highly determined, with a deep knowledge of the contemporary game at domestic and international level. He was the outstanding candidate,” Smith said on Taylor’s appointment.
“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,” Smith added.