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Taylor appointed as full-time England selector: 'This is an important role and it’s a huge honour'

James Taylor, the former England and Nottinghamshire cricketer who was forced to retire due to a heart condition, has been involved with the ECB in a scouting capacity this season

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England Selector James Taylor

James Taylor has been named as the full-time England Selector.

Taylor, the former England and Nottinghamshire cricketer who was forced to retire due to a heart condition, has been involved with the ECB in a scouting capacity this season.

However, he will now step up to a permanent position working below National Selector Ed Smith.

"We are excited that James is joining us as a full-time England Selector for the men’s game," Smith said.

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Taylor has been appointed to assist Ed Smith

"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."

Taylor's appointment is the final cog in the all-new ECB selection framework, with the panel also including Smith and England head coach Trevor Bayliss.

Mick Newell, the director of cricket at Notts, will now see his four-year association with the national team as a selector come to an end.

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The former England batsman played in seven Tests

Taylor, who played in seven Tests and 27 one-day internationals for his country, said: "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.

"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.

"I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work alongside Ed Smith and can’t wait to get started."

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