James Taylor has been appointed as the new full-time England selector, joining the panel led by national selector Ed Smith and also including head coach Trevor Bayliss.

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.”

Taylor, who played seven Tests and 27 ODIs before a heart condition forced his early retirement, 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.

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

The 28-year-old, who scored 20-first-class centuries, has worked as a commentator, coach and scout since his playing career ended, but will now focus on his new full-time position, which

He will now step back from those roles to focus on his new full-time position as selector.