The former England batsman James Taylor has been named as a full-time selector to work alongside recently appointed national selector Ed Smith.

Taylor, who was forced to retire in 2016 having been diagnosed with the heart condition ARVC, played seven Tests and 27 ODIs. He was already one of the scouts appointed by the ECB earlier this season to assess emerging talent around the English game.

Taylor will now form the selection structure with Smith and head coach Trevor Bayliss.

"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.

"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."

Smith said: "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.

"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."