County news April 6, 2012

Warwickshire lose Rankin for six weeks

Warwickshire's Championship hopes have been dealt another severe blow with the news that fast bowler Boyd Rankin is expected to miss the first six weeks of the season with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Warwickshire were already resigned to be without allrounder Chris Woakes for the first six-to-eight weeks of the season after he sustained an injury to his ankle ligaments. Woakes and Rankin were expected to open the bowling for Warwickshire this season.

Rankin, the tall Ireland international, has had a busy winter representing Ireland in the ICC's World Cricket League and World Twenty20 qualifiers, as well as for England Lions in Bangladesh and an ICC Combined Associate and Affiliate XI in Dubai.

Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket, said: "It's disappointing to lose Boyd just before the start of the season, but we do have a strong bowling attack and it's a good opportunity for one of the younger seamers to make a big impression. We also have the benefit of not starting our County Championship campaign until next Thursday.

"It's extremely frustrating that we've lost Boyd to this kind of injury, but he has had an extremely large workload over recent months. We will need to manage this to ensure that it doesn't become a regular occurrence."

Edited by Alan Gardner

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Michael on April 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    @ Simon Power: I agree that players like Rankin, Stirling, Morgan and Dockerell should be playing international cricket for Ireland not England or the England Lions or any England representative team. However, in fairness to Warwickshire, when he plays for them I think Rankin gains useful experience.

  • Dummy4 on April 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I have a suggestion then to manage his workload ... have England drop their claim to him .... Ireland funded developed and trained him I hope your not suggesting he should stop playing for his country?

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