Cook 'shocked' by Taylor retirement

England Test captain Alastair Cook says the retirement of team-mate James Taylor came as a “huge shock”.

The England and Nottinghamshire batsman Taylor announced on Tuesday that he has been forced to give up the game because of a serious heart condition. The 26-year-old returned to the Test side for the first time in three years in October, a move that was welcomed at the time by Cook.

“He proved people wrong time and time again and was a great character to have around the dressing room,” Cook told BBC Radio Essex. “It's a career cut very short but, on the flip side, at least it's been detected and we're not talking about something a lot worse.”



Alastair Cook paid tribute to James Taylor AP