New Zealand in England 2013 May 31, 2013

Rankin called up as Finn, Broad cover

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England have added Warwickshire's former Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin to their ODI squad for the remaining two matches in the one-day series against New Zealand amid injury concerns over Stuart Broad and Steven Finn less than a week before the start of Champions Trophy.

Broad suffered a bruised knee taking a catch off his own bowling during the second Test at Headingley and Finn has felt soreness in his shins. Both players were ruled out of the opening two matches against New Zealand and Alastair Cook admitted that England missed their presence as Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes struggled to fill in effectively during the five-wicket defeat at Lord's.

"They are key parts of our one-day team, experienced campaigners and world-class bowlers," Cook said. "The guys coming in haven't got that experience and don't know their games quite as well those two. They are hard boots to fill but it gave them an opportunity today to show everyone how good they are. When you are defending a small total it's quite hard because you know the only way of winning is to bowl them out so you do start chasing it."

Asked whether leaving out Broad and Finn had been a precautionary measure ahead of the Champions Trophy, Cook said: "I think it's a little bit more than that. As I said at the start of the day, if it had been a cup final it would have been touch and go. Clearly it's not ideal. But it's another week away and we have a good medical team, so fingers crossed."

Rankin, 28, will join the England squad ahead of the second match at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday. He has played 37 ODIs and 15 T20Is for Ireland but retired from Irish cricket towards the end of 2012 in order to concentrate on winning a place in the England Test side. The 6ft 7in Rankin had struggled to remain injury free and it was made clear to him that his body could not sustain the burden of playing all formats of the game for Ireland, Warwickshire and England Lions. It was also made clear by his then club coach, Ashley Giles, that he would not be guaranteed another county contract unless he committed to Warwickshire and England.

Rankin made his England Lions debut in 2011 against Sri Lanka A and was selected on the England Performance Programme later that same year. He came very close to being called-up to the Test squad at the start of 2012 when Chris Tremlett was forced out of the series in the UAE due to injury, but was unavailable due to fitness issues of his own.

Rankin also becomes the fourth Warwickshire player in the current England ODI squad, a sure sign of the influence of Giles, who left Warwickshire at the end of 2012 to assume the role of England's limited-overs coach.

While Rankin's recent record is relatively modest - he hardly played in 2012 due to injury - he is just the sort of fast bowler preferred by England's bowling coach, David Saker. Not unlike Tremlett, who is still feeling his way back after a long injury lay-off, Rankin can sometimes appear unthreatening when striving for rhythm. But he is capable of generating steep bounce, sharp pace and movement in the air and off the pitch when he is at his best. Marcus Trescothick rated him as good a fast bowler as any he faced in 2011.

Although James Harris and Stuart Meaker have recently been involved with England's limited-overs squad, Cook said that Rankin's height, in particular, was an attribute the bowling group was short on in the absence of Broad and Finn.

"You try and have as balanced a bowling attack as possible," he said. "James Harris impressed when he was in the squad, but you would have five bowlers of pretty much the same height and similar skill set. When you have five bowlers you want as much variety as you can. When you lose two tall bowlers you want to replace them with another tall bowler."

Rankin's selection can do Ireland's calls for more inclusion within the ICC's elite teams no harm at all. He joins former team-mates Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce as players who have graduated through the Irish system before opting to play for England. It is a situation that does little to refute Ireland's claim that they require Test status to end the talent drain.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 2, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Even seven months ago, Rankin was playing for his own country. How come he became eligible to play for England so soon? Just curious! Any one has an answer?

  • on June 2, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    There is one point of view which i do not feel has been representd here yet: If you an aspiring 12 year old Irish cricketer you will likely never see any coverage of your national side on TV due to them not being a test nation (you might and if so i apologise). If Irish layers play for England instantly they become accessable to viewers meaning those young irish players will be able to see an Irish role model on the TV planning cricket. I agree Ireland should have test status; they are clealry good enough to compete with the others at the bottom, but in the meantime allow Irish players to get to the peak of their games and become role modles to other Irish youngsters by playing on the biggest stage.

  • on June 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    So who next from Ireland will jump ship and play for one of the top tier teams/squads/countries ?

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @Foyez Morshed on (June 2, 2013, 5:44 GMT), if you think that Ireland could beat England in a Test match right now then you obviously don't know much about Test cricket. Ireland have had some success against the major nations at ODI and T20 level but even those are relatively few. Everyone who knows anything about cricket knows that the odds become more even as the length of the game gets shorter. Ireland are a good team and will get better but would be lucky to push a Test match to 4 days against any of the top teams on anything but the flattest of wickets. Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan both played Test cricket for England and how well did they do? Why would they do any better playing for Ireland and why would any of the other Irish batsmen do any better?

  • FredJ000 on June 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    He's Irish. Morgan could just about claim to be Anglo-Irish but nevertheless they are playing for the same reasons.

    Everyone knows that Ireland are good enough to play Tests and be in the World Cup every time. For Tests they could arrange series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to start with and I think have a great chance of beating them and moving up to bigger teams.

    If they keep losing their player to England this won't happen If it doesn't happen they'll keep losing their player to England

    Chicken and egg - either way, ICC and ECB should be encouraging Ireland as an emerging cricketing nation much like Sri Lanka in the 80's.

  • 5wombats on June 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    There really is some utter drivel on this forum. Jingoistic passport and envy driven drivel. Look - Ireland does not have Test status. Morgan wants to play Test cricket and the rules say he can play for England - so why shouldn't he? How dare anyone say - "Oh, sorry Morgan but you are a really cad wanting to play Test cricket", or "England are cheating by selecting players who are eligible to play for England". Thats the logic of it. Then there the United Kindgom passport holders like KP and Trott. They are eligible to play for England, so why shouldn't they? Simple international law. No-one is "stealing" anything or anyone. @brittop logic is lost on those 2 they are just flamming like they always do. And as for you @Prince Musab Hanzala Samar (June 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT) - there is something ridiculous here, agreed, but I would say that the thing that is ridiculous is people saying that they disagree with icc rules and international law. Now that is ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @ 5wombats on (June 1, 2013, 22:18 GMT) As I posted on another thread , it also works both ways - esp with Ireland. Tim Murtagh played for them the other day - qualifying because of his Irish grandfather and do you remember how many non Irish born players played under Paddy Charlton during the 94 world cup?

  • on June 2, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    why ireland is allowing them to go?? i guess with the likes of morgan, rankin, ed joyce , docrel , stirling , brien brothers they can beat england in test or onedayer actually they can beat any team with all these players....ICC should seriously think of giving them test status....though i am a die hard BD fan still i would say they are a better team then BD or ZImbabwe......

  • on June 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    how ridiculous is that england are just stealing good cricketers from their neighbour ireland n netherland.i mean icc should take some steps to prevent this or soon we might se kevin obrein,paul stirling,tom cooper,doeshcatt playing for england and ireland n dutch will become 3rd division team like italy and spain

  • on June 2, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Interesting conversation. Great for Irish cricket because its not about a little team trying to beat the test nations (although the games against Pakistan show our credentials) but about the quality of the Irish side. For those that say this is the golden age of Irish cricket I will offer Sterling and Dockrell (both VERY early 20's) as signs that we have an underage system capable of bringing through great talent.

    In the end I will be getting up at 5am hoping to see an Irishman bowl well. Until we have our own tests my greatest dream is to see him with the new ball at Lords v Aussies or Morgan batting - I wish him well and hope for the day that Porterfield or Joyce (a county captain) leads Ireland out in Malahide for a cricket test against Bangladesh or Zimbabwae. Rational cricket supporters would agree thats not a stretch of skill equality and thats all we ask.

  • on June 2, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    Even seven months ago, Rankin was playing for his own country. How come he became eligible to play for England so soon? Just curious! Any one has an answer?

  • on June 2, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    There is one point of view which i do not feel has been representd here yet: If you an aspiring 12 year old Irish cricketer you will likely never see any coverage of your national side on TV due to them not being a test nation (you might and if so i apologise). If Irish layers play for England instantly they become accessable to viewers meaning those young irish players will be able to see an Irish role model on the TV planning cricket. I agree Ireland should have test status; they are clealry good enough to compete with the others at the bottom, but in the meantime allow Irish players to get to the peak of their games and become role modles to other Irish youngsters by playing on the biggest stage.

  • on June 2, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    So who next from Ireland will jump ship and play for one of the top tier teams/squads/countries ?

  • jmcilhinney on June 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    @Foyez Morshed on (June 2, 2013, 5:44 GMT), if you think that Ireland could beat England in a Test match right now then you obviously don't know much about Test cricket. Ireland have had some success against the major nations at ODI and T20 level but even those are relatively few. Everyone who knows anything about cricket knows that the odds become more even as the length of the game gets shorter. Ireland are a good team and will get better but would be lucky to push a Test match to 4 days against any of the top teams on anything but the flattest of wickets. Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan both played Test cricket for England and how well did they do? Why would they do any better playing for Ireland and why would any of the other Irish batsmen do any better?

  • FredJ000 on June 2, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    He's Irish. Morgan could just about claim to be Anglo-Irish but nevertheless they are playing for the same reasons.

    Everyone knows that Ireland are good enough to play Tests and be in the World Cup every time. For Tests they could arrange series against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe to start with and I think have a great chance of beating them and moving up to bigger teams.

    If they keep losing their player to England this won't happen If it doesn't happen they'll keep losing their player to England

    Chicken and egg - either way, ICC and ECB should be encouraging Ireland as an emerging cricketing nation much like Sri Lanka in the 80's.

  • 5wombats on June 2, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    There really is some utter drivel on this forum. Jingoistic passport and envy driven drivel. Look - Ireland does not have Test status. Morgan wants to play Test cricket and the rules say he can play for England - so why shouldn't he? How dare anyone say - "Oh, sorry Morgan but you are a really cad wanting to play Test cricket", or "England are cheating by selecting players who are eligible to play for England". Thats the logic of it. Then there the United Kindgom passport holders like KP and Trott. They are eligible to play for England, so why shouldn't they? Simple international law. No-one is "stealing" anything or anyone. @brittop logic is lost on those 2 they are just flamming like they always do. And as for you @Prince Musab Hanzala Samar (June 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT) - there is something ridiculous here, agreed, but I would say that the thing that is ridiculous is people saying that they disagree with icc rules and international law. Now that is ridiculous, wouldn't you agree?

  • JG2704 on June 2, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    @ 5wombats on (June 1, 2013, 22:18 GMT) As I posted on another thread , it also works both ways - esp with Ireland. Tim Murtagh played for them the other day - qualifying because of his Irish grandfather and do you remember how many non Irish born players played under Paddy Charlton during the 94 world cup?

  • on June 2, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    why ireland is allowing them to go?? i guess with the likes of morgan, rankin, ed joyce , docrel , stirling , brien brothers they can beat england in test or onedayer actually they can beat any team with all these players....ICC should seriously think of giving them test status....though i am a die hard BD fan still i would say they are a better team then BD or ZImbabwe......

  • on June 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    how ridiculous is that england are just stealing good cricketers from their neighbour ireland n netherland.i mean icc should take some steps to prevent this or soon we might se kevin obrein,paul stirling,tom cooper,doeshcatt playing for england and ireland n dutch will become 3rd division team like italy and spain

  • on June 2, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Interesting conversation. Great for Irish cricket because its not about a little team trying to beat the test nations (although the games against Pakistan show our credentials) but about the quality of the Irish side. For those that say this is the golden age of Irish cricket I will offer Sterling and Dockrell (both VERY early 20's) as signs that we have an underage system capable of bringing through great talent.

    In the end I will be getting up at 5am hoping to see an Irishman bowl well. Until we have our own tests my greatest dream is to see him with the new ball at Lords v Aussies or Morgan batting - I wish him well and hope for the day that Porterfield or Joyce (a county captain) leads Ireland out in Malahide for a cricket test against Bangladesh or Zimbabwae. Rational cricket supporters would agree thats not a stretch of skill equality and thats all we ask.

  • Bring_back_Wright on June 2, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    @SirViv, Ronchi did have to serve the qualification period.

    Some rediculous comments here, but also some good ones (eg CricketingStargazer, tjsimonsen, sjm5000, brittop etc). The point is that he decided he wanted to play for England. No one forced him into that decision. Surely every person has the right to decide what is best for them?

    @Ajay Jonathan Gnanam, who says this "is Rankins fault for not being able to get his priorities right". I find it hard to believe you are the best person to decide what his priorities should be.

    Every day, people around the world move countries in search of better opportunities. Why should sportspeople be different? All that said, I feel sorry for Ireland. I would love to see them being given test status. Were that to happen, hopefully players would be able to change allegiance back to Ireland without having to serve the qualification period.

  • 5wombats on June 1, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    @JG2704 on (June 1, 2013, 20:08 GMT) Nice one mate. The problem these people have is simple - the truth is, it doesn't matter where these players are born. If India was so mighty then they could beat any players born in any country. The fact is - they can't. The fact that Rankin is actually from Northern Ireland - part of the United Kingdom - is lost to them, just as Mike Denness being from Scotland and yet captained England, is also lost to them. Best of all - the brilliant England captain Douglas Jardine (we all know who he was...) was born in Bombay - but would anyone call him Indian??? or claim him as Indian? I very much doubt it. Please publish this time.

  • JG2704 on June 1, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    I should have guessed this would be a troll magnet for the usual suspects to recycle their junk. I can just picture them reading the article , checking out where the player is born and if he's born in England the heads drop but if he's born in SA or Ireland it's like all their Christmas's have come at once. Re Boyd's call up - I've not seen much of him play but did see a bit of him vs Sussex the other night and wasn't totally convinced. He obviously has pace and if you combine pace with getting in in the right area you're going to be a handful. However I saw him bowing consecutive bouncers to Luke and was despatched with ease on both occasions. To me that showed that he by the ease in which Luke dealt with the 1st bouncer that the second one was not the best option and therefore I'm not totally convinced he has the best cricketing brain

  • brittop on June 1, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    @gsingh7 & @maddy20: I have still not heard your argument as to why where you are born, is the only factor that determines your nationality. Taking a simple example, your parents are English, but lived in South Africa for one year, and that's where you were born. The rest of your life has been in England. How can you possibly be considered South African. Once you accept that, then other cases are just more complicated examples.

  • SirViv1973 on June 1, 2013, 17:07 GMT

    @Bishop, I may be wrong but I was under the impression Ronchi did not have to go through a qualification period for NZ. I thought that NZC told him that if he wanted to be considered for the national team that he needed to return to NZ and play domestic cricket which he has now done for 1 season and is now playing in the odi team. As for Rankin I am an Eng fan but would have preferred to have seen him continue with Ire as they need him far more than we do. I totally agree with @Omar Nizam, it's high time Ire were given limited tests status. Perhaps if they were added for a 4 yr cycle where they could play Bang& Zim home & away & maybe sides like WI/SRL & NZL at home I think there is every chance they could be competitive it may go some way to ending the player drain, Dockrell is likely to be next. Without halting the player drain I don't believe the next generation of Ire players will be as good as the current crop & the chance to expand the game to a new territory will be lost.

  • markatnotts on June 1, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Even more drivel being spouted by the usual suspects. I personally don't want him to play for England on merit reasons. C wright bowled better than Rankin the other night and he isn't good enough to play for England. I still can't understand why people put all the blame for England though on Individuals choices to who they want to play for. Additionally Ireland have benefited hugely from playing in one of domestic one day tournaments and then several players getting contracts at counties which developed their game. If Boyd didn't want to play for England he could have left Warwicks and probably got a contract elsewhere.

  • Guernica on June 1, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    @Colm, I do agree with a lot of what you are saying - England really don't need Rankin and he hasn't really done anything lately to make him stand out above other candidates, so this call up is rather needlessly taking a good player away from Ireland.

  • maddy20 on June 1, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Morgan, Trott, KP, now Boyd. Seriously when was the last time England fielded a team with XI English players? And then there are the cock and bull stories from the English fans who justify it, which I find even more hilarious. My take is ECB can never beat anyone, let alone win a major ICC tournament with XI English players and hence the desperation!

  • nlpdave on June 1, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Are there no decent bowlers in England? Rankin, prone to injury, poor record, just the fodder NZ want. One day cricket isn't about getting batsmen out they'll do that themselves if the pressure mounts. The most successful bowling is that mediocre stuff that wobbles a bit, is straight and never really there to hit. Or perhaps leg spin, now there's a thought.

  • on June 1, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    @Guernica - There is a huge difference with Murtagh and Rankin/Morgan, Murtagh was never going to play for England and wasn't needed so he got a chance at international cricket. However Morgan/Rankin are vitally needed and would always play. Huge difference between the two situations.

    @markatnotts - He is still born in the isle of Ireland and should have his preferred team as Ireland. It's a joke that associate players can go near instantly to the test sides but if a player wants to return he has to wait four years.

    England do not need Rankin, this move is brought out of spite by Ashley Giles, he told Rankin he wouldn't renew his county contract till he ditched Ireland. Which doesn't say a lot about Rankin either.

    But at the end of the day, who loses out?

    It certainly isn't the ECB, England, Ashley Giles or the ICC. The only people that lose out is Irish cricket and its fans. As we have taken 5 steps forward but this moves us another step back.

  • PanGlupek on June 1, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    As I said in my earlier post, I do feel for Ireland here. A lot of people mentioning England's South Africans though, but I have very little sympathy for South Africa losing these guys.

    KP was batting number 8 & being picked as a bowler for Kwa-Zulu Natal. It was only when he got to Notts that people realised he could be a useful middle-order batsman. Trott did go through the age-group levels in SA, but again, SA had the opportunity to pick him before he signed a Kolpak deal at Warwickshire, but they decided he wasn't in their plans.

    Strauss, Prior, Compton, Dernbach all bred in England, despite not being born there (although Dernbach & Compton I'd be trying to give back if I was England at the moment!).

  • Guernica on June 1, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @Dashgar - Ireland already have picked an English player. They picked Tim Murtagh for the games against Pakistan. Think they actually got a better deal there based on current form

  • on June 1, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    Shakes head slowly at the mess cricket is becoming with this transfer between Countries! no loyalty nowadays! how will Ireland ever become a Test nation if their best players turn their back on them, not only this but how about the home grown players who get left out for these overseas players...

    Even worse is that people actually defend these transfers! loyalty is a thing of the past now with greed being the main goal!

  • CricketingStargazer on June 1, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    As @tjsimonsen says correctly: no one is poaching. If a player declares for Eable for selection. Boyd Rankin RETIRED from Ireland so that he could play for England. Eoin Morgan wanted to play Tests and as there is a rather unusual relationship between the UK and Ireland it is easy for a person to get a passport from the other country. Cases like Pietersen and Trott are dual nationals who have picked one country over another. There are laws about civil liberties and restraint of trade that people have fought (and sometimes died) for that guarantee these rights to people. In another context, saying that Kevin Pietersen should be a second class British citizen because he was born in the wrong place would be censurable, wouldn't it?

    Even though "England" is actually the England & Wales Cricket Board, it has been the traditional outlet for Scotish and Irish cricketers too (and, let's face it, a lot of Irish players are also British) and quite rightly: they have rights to play if they wish.

  • markatnotts on June 1, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    The usual ignorance on display here. Can someone explain to me though why Boyd born in Britain (londonderry - NI), shouldn't play for England yet no one complained about Robert Croft, Simon Jones etc playing for England? Back to the subject, I personally feel he is a marginal pick based on the fact he is a player at the ODI coaches former county.

  • Shaan99 on June 1, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    If Morgan and Rankin were played for their nation then Ireland might have in the top 8 of icc cricket rating.. But for England they didn't have any own players that's why they r stealing players from other country.... Now please Kevin O'brian don't do like that as rankin and morgan has done.. This is the request from true indian.. WHO likes ireland cricket more than that of India

  • on June 1, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    This again shows us the joke that is the ICC. Players from associate countries can immediately transfer to full member nations- but must wait four years when transferring back?

    Whilst this certainly is Rankin's fault for not being able to get his priorities right, it should be noted that it was Giles who put him in this horrible situation; in Rankin's mind Ireland's doors would always be open, but England's wouldn't. It's also suffice to say that Giles made Rankin a few promises when convincing him to retire- I wonder how much of a coincidence it is that 4 players in the current England side are from the Warwickshire that Giles oversaw last year- some picked over arguably more deserving players.

  • on June 1, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    I'm certain Ireland wouldn't be any worse than Bangladesh and Zimbabwe at Test Cricket. Just give them the status already, then these players wouldn't need to leave to play for England.

    Hell I am sure if you were just about at England test level, you could find out you are secretly Irish and get in that team. Just do it already.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 1, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @tjsimonsen: Agree 100%. When we all look back at the jealousy that some have had for this successful multiple-Ashes winning team, we will see that history records it (as we can all see) as a golden era, with a few opposition fans unable to be anything but jealous over a few players with English parents but were born elsewhere when their parents were on a business trip. This is of course owing to the fact their only other option is to recognize the quality of cricket from the likes of Anderson, Swann, KP and Cook. I'll take that any day of the year thanks. A good sign, especially with the historic B2B Ashes this year :)

  • sjm5000 on June 1, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    People going on about the SA connection wears a bit thin. Strauss, Prior, Dernbach and Meaker have all been in England since they were kids. Who on earth would you expect them to play for? As for Trott, KP and Kieswetter they all have a parent born in the UK - England the first 2 and Scotland the latter. Having UK passports allowed them to come to the UK where they could support themselves as full time professional cricketers. They could have stayed in SA - and were asked to do so - but chose to emigrate. Having done so they had to wait four years to qualify. As I see it they have the human right to decide who they should play for, so let's move on. The issue only occurs because there are such strong historic links between the UK and SA and the catastrophe of SA social and political upheaval, so don't just blame the Brits.

    As for Rankin he's a Brit, so it's probably less wrenching for him to chose England than it was for Morgan or Joyce.

  • tjsimonsen on June 1, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    A couple of people here are missing a very important point: Rankin has choosen make himself available to play for England and Wales himself. There is absolutely no poaching going on, same goes for Trott and Pietersen (Compton and Prior were born in SA, but to English parents, while Strauss grew up in England so mentioning them is just BS). There are currently players born elesewhere playing for Australian, New Zealand and the Windies, but it is apparently so much easier just to bash England. @ Dashgar: So you suggest that Anderson should be forced to play for Ireland against his will? Now, if he wanted to play for them it would be a different matter altogether, but forcing him - do you think he would actually perform? The rest of your comments are even more far out. As an immigrant myself (currently living in England, but that's the fouth country other than my country of birth I have been living in) I am sickened by all these comments!

  • Meety on June 1, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    While I think of it - what NZ did last night to England is where I think Englan'd weak spot is. Whilst England have a decent ODI attack in England conditions SO should be well backed for the CT, there is a fair of bit of right hand everything about their bowling - no real variety other Swann (albeit a very good option).

  • Meety on June 1, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    This irks me - although it is sort of old news as Rankin changed loyalty to England nearly a year ago. What irks me is (not anything against Rankin - he is entitled to do what he wants), but Ireland is grimly trying to beat politics at the ICC & become the 11th Test nation, they have the talent. The only way to get this recognition - is by doing well in ODI & T20 global events & keep racking up Intercontinental cup wins. This is made harder for them, when the likes of Rankin, Morgan & MAYBE Dockrell align themselves with England. It is a double edged sword, the Irish players generally get better by being allowed to play County cricket, but IMO it stuffs up Irelands claims to Test status. I hope Rankin does well, but it is bemusing that an Affiliate minnow is now a net exporter of cricketing talent to England!

  • Dashgar on June 1, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    Anyone bringing up that Rankin is from the UK is missing a key fact. Northern Ireland is part of the island called Ireland. It is not part of the territory called England. If England want to claim these players they need to change their name to United Kingdom (or better yet Brittish Isles). Rankin is no more English than he is Puerto Rican. In response Ireland should be able to select an English player. I think James Anderson would be an appropriate trade.

  • srriaj317 on June 1, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    One wonders what Rankin is really thinking. He will get 1 game in a meaningless ODI and that will most likely be the end of his international career. He definitely won't be able to make it to the English test side even if they pick a second-string attack. We have to blame the English though who have been historically stealing players from every country for the selfish needs of their own counties and destroying other nations (mainly Ireland's) aspirations.

  • MB40 on June 1, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Perhaps worth noting that Rankin is from Northern Ireland. So this more akin to a Scotsman (e.g. Gavin Hamilton) playing for England than a cricketer from the Republic of Ireland, like Dublin's own Eoin Morgan, who could legitimately be called a foreign/non-British national. Rankin has been an automatic British citizen from birth, unlike, say Jonathan Trott.

  • on May 31, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    LOL @ FrontFootLunge

    England would be hopeless if the likes of Trott, Strauss, Compton, and Kevin were not eligible to shore up the side for the past couple of years, not to mention other regulars like Morgan and Kieswetter. And after many years of the same kind of thing you throw a tantrum over one player that won't even make the national team! Get a grip!

  • Bishop on May 31, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    So why is it that someone like Luke Ronchi (who was born in NZ by the way) has to wait years to qualify to play for NZ because he had played for Australia, but Rankin can play for England within a year? Whats more, the article reads as though he retired from playing for Ireland not to serve some qualification period, but because he couldn't physically cope with the demands of playing for Ireland, the Lions and his county. Furthermore, if @thatsjustcricket is right, if he does play for England even once, he'll not be able to play for Ireland again for 4 years. Why this double standard? Why are England not subject to the same rules as everyone else?

  • on May 31, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    Is there such a dearth of talent in England now? It's a shame that Rankin left Ireland, but entirely understandable for financial reasons.

    ICC needs to speed up the process of granting Associates Test status. It turns out that some full members are not interested in playing Tests anyway.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on May 31, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    GSingh7- Considering India has 1/6th of the worlds population to pick from (and has about 2 good years in 80 odd) I fail to see your point, besides Rankin is from Londonderry which is in the UK.

  • sjm5000 on May 31, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    It just shows that England can see how bare their fast bowling cupboard has become. The likes of Meaker, Wright and Roland-Jones would get slaughtered at test level. I saw Meaker recently, what a disappointment. Onions is like the early Jimmy, great when it swings but otherwise a liability. Broad is unpredictable and injury prone. Sadly Tremlett even more so. I'm an England fan and praying Jimmy A, Finn and Bresnan stay fit for the next 10 test matches.

    Regarding Ireland, England should sponsor their step up to Test status. They could set them off with a 2 or 3 match series in Ireland. As some countries play less and less test cricket there will definitely soon be room for the Irish.

  • samedwards on May 31, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Yet another case of Giles' favoritism. Rankin has played FOUR (yes, you read that right-four) limited overs matches for Warwickshire since he last played for Ireland. In that period, Chris Wright has picked 26 wickets in 16 matches. If height was a factor, then there are bowlers like Topley, Tremlett, Meaker to choose from. What message does this send to young pacers like Chris Wright, Toby Roland-Jones, James Harris? This is clearly a selection made to ensure that Rankin is lost to Ireland.

    Also Rankin was allegedly told by Warwickshire that he wouldn't get a contract if he carried on playing for Ireland. So Giles has forced a player to retire and has now proceeded to make him unavailable.

    And regarding English cribbing the Aussies about Fawad Ahmed's selection, remeber that Pak can afford to lose Fawad, but Ireland CAN'T afford to lose Rankin. This is like India nicking Shakib or SA nicking B.Taylor.

    Well done, Mr Giles. well done. (sarcasm)

  • gsingh7 on May 31, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    another poached from ireland by united 11. and some fans were upset by fawad immigration speeding issues. this is unfair for us asian teams when england does not put 11 english born players in their teams , so unfair.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on May 31, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    And I thought I was having a good night after having just returned from a university reunion: Just seen RandyOz talk about poaching, oh the irony, what a gem! Still waiting for a comment on the recent article about the fast track passports for Pakistani cricketers Randy, we're still waiting...

  • on May 31, 2013, 19:25 GMT

    Englishman here - Ashley Giles strikes again... We've got our own players to pick from. It just shows ignorance from Giles pouncing on people like Rankin. He quit Ireland, because Giles would refuse to offer him a contract if he didn't oblige, but that doesn't mean to say that he should go and swoop him asap. It's ridiculous. It's selfish to rob an associate nation of one of their best bowlers. What about Stuart Meaker? Was there any consideration about him, someone who's actually played for England before? Or go for a pace-bowling all-rounder instead, such as Ben Stokes or Luke Wright. They would also add vital batting strength and the ability to make quick runs, something our current batting line-up struggles with. Back to Rankin/Giles. It doesn't really send out a good message to anyone. I'm ashamed of him (Giles). We have enough bowlers to choose from, but this sort of selection will make people from different continents think different, when it's not the case.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 31, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    @mithse89 The problem is that the qualification rules are not very well thought out. Back in the 1980s it was proposed that any Associate-qualified player should be permitted to play for the nearest Full Member side, *without* losing his qualification for his home country. So Kenyans would be able to turn out for Zimbabwe. Nepalis and Malaysians for Bangladesh. Fijians for New Zealand. And Papuans for Australia.

    I think that it is ludicrous that Gavin Hamilton should play one Test for England and then need to spend 4 years re-qualifying for Scotland. It is equally ludicrous that something similar happened to Ed Joyce.

    However, it is also ludicrous to think that someone like Eoin Morgan or Boyd Rankin, who could never play other than amateur cricket in their own cricket should not be allowed to make a living elsewhere, if they wish to. Those who try to deny them the right to play Test cricket would be scandalised if they were denied the right to work abroad without discrimination.

  • EnglishCricket on May 31, 2013, 19:11 GMT

    ICC say they are spreading the game but really there's not much evidence to back that up. I mean, one of their proposals was to have 10 teams in future world tournaments for some silly reason but that doesn't really live to the title 'world'. In order to prevent these kind of things happening, Ireland need to be finally part of the elite, they deserve it and doing everything they can to meet the criteria. Having Ireland means for matches for bottom ranked teams hence competition overall in Cricket will be good. First we lost Canada then Kenya and possibly Ireland and few others if nothing happens. Cricket needs to globalize a bit.

  • samincolumbia on May 31, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    English counties have so much talent...envy of the rest of the world for sure!

  • TenDonebyaShooter on May 31, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    I think Rankin's a decent enough player but this call-up has shades of Darren Pattinson about it; he's hardly likely to have much of an England career, but from an England point of view this will make it less likely that England will face another stiff contest the next time they have an ODI against Ireland. Disagree with you RandyOz however about England having poached South Africa dry; the Proteas' recent performances, not least against your team, don't suggest that the resources of that particular civilisation are remotely exhausted. On another point, I hear Jonathan Ross is a cricket fan. I'd be interested to hear his view of Boyd Rankin, and of the current world rankings.

  • on May 31, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    feeling gd fr his selection..a very tall & good bowler. good prospect fr d future f england..bt felling sad fr Ireland..they again lost a gd player..

  • jackthelad on May 31, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    God knows they need someone to replace the dire Woakes and Dernbach. Could be Rankin's break.

  • on May 31, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Such a shame that he leave ireland to play for england....i am sure he will not play more then 10 matches for england...

  • ThatsJustCricket on May 31, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Poor deluded fellow. If Rankin really believes he has any realistic chance of playing Tests for England long term then he is just kidding himself. At 28, being behind the ranks of Anderson, Broad, Finn, Tremlett, Bresnan, Onions, Oakes and may be a few more, all he can hope for is a match here and there as injury cover. It is a big loss for Ireland and for the man himself in exchange for next to nothing. The worst that will happen here is that he will probably get a one off game here and that will keep him away from going back to Ireland for the next four years. By that time his career will be close to over. Sad end to a good bowler.

  • PanGlupek on May 31, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Good luck to Boyd, but it would be a shame if he played, in a way: England have plenty of young potentials, like Roland-Jones, Chris Wright, Stuart Meaker, Reece Topley, James Harris.

    Instead, they nick one of Irelands, when they are in a period of trying to be taken seriously as a genuine test prospect, and not even a youngster at that.

    I don't blame the player, he a) wants to play at the highest level he can & b) has to earn a living, which England can provide better than Ireland, and c) Might have been arm-twisted by Ashley Giles (conflict of interest?). In a way, it does Ireland's case for test status some good if they are producing players good enough to play for England, but I do hope they can be fast-tracked to test status, to avoid them losing players every time they become considered potentially top-class.

    If they did get it some time soon, I hope the ICC would give special dispensation to allow Eoin Morgan (and Rankin, if he ends up playing) back immediately.

  • Jadejafan on May 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I wonder if the England team is really England??? this is getting pretty ridiculous now and is very unfair to the opposition and needs to be dealt with. You don't see the Asian teams taking players from other countries but not only England but countries like New Zealand, Australia etc are doing that now.

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 31, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Nice. Another Irish man. Why am I not surprised. This move is evidence that the English ODI cupboard looks bare. With such a poor record and history in ODI cricket, England will now call upon more South Africans, Australians, Irishmen; heck, even Pakistanis and Indians. I guess they have no choice in the matter. Still, that won't do anything in their crux to win a major ICC one day tournament. It's all about skills in ODI cricket. An area England has lacked considerably for a long time. But I guess Rankin will be pleased at the cost of mother Eire. Hope it's worth it Boyd.

  • mithse89 on May 31, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    On one hand ICC talk of promoting Cricket in associate countries and on the other hand they allow England to import players... What s shame....

  • RandyOZ on May 31, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    And the poaching continues, they have seemingly poached South Africa dry so are now moving on to Ireland. Dockerill is probably next. As seen today, with Anderson the only bowler of test quality, the talent is wafer thin.

  • on May 31, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Its high time Ireland were given Test status. This will stop the talent drain, of which England has been the main benefactor. And it will provide more equal level competition for teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

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  • on May 31, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    Its high time Ireland were given Test status. This will stop the talent drain, of which England has been the main benefactor. And it will provide more equal level competition for teams like Zimbabwe and Bangladesh.

  • RandyOZ on May 31, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    And the poaching continues, they have seemingly poached South Africa dry so are now moving on to Ireland. Dockerill is probably next. As seen today, with Anderson the only bowler of test quality, the talent is wafer thin.

  • mithse89 on May 31, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    On one hand ICC talk of promoting Cricket in associate countries and on the other hand they allow England to import players... What s shame....

  • Cpt.Meanster on May 31, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    Nice. Another Irish man. Why am I not surprised. This move is evidence that the English ODI cupboard looks bare. With such a poor record and history in ODI cricket, England will now call upon more South Africans, Australians, Irishmen; heck, even Pakistanis and Indians. I guess they have no choice in the matter. Still, that won't do anything in their crux to win a major ICC one day tournament. It's all about skills in ODI cricket. An area England has lacked considerably for a long time. But I guess Rankin will be pleased at the cost of mother Eire. Hope it's worth it Boyd.

  • Jadejafan on May 31, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    I wonder if the England team is really England??? this is getting pretty ridiculous now and is very unfair to the opposition and needs to be dealt with. You don't see the Asian teams taking players from other countries but not only England but countries like New Zealand, Australia etc are doing that now.

  • PanGlupek on May 31, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Good luck to Boyd, but it would be a shame if he played, in a way: England have plenty of young potentials, like Roland-Jones, Chris Wright, Stuart Meaker, Reece Topley, James Harris.

    Instead, they nick one of Irelands, when they are in a period of trying to be taken seriously as a genuine test prospect, and not even a youngster at that.

    I don't blame the player, he a) wants to play at the highest level he can & b) has to earn a living, which England can provide better than Ireland, and c) Might have been arm-twisted by Ashley Giles (conflict of interest?). In a way, it does Ireland's case for test status some good if they are producing players good enough to play for England, but I do hope they can be fast-tracked to test status, to avoid them losing players every time they become considered potentially top-class.

    If they did get it some time soon, I hope the ICC would give special dispensation to allow Eoin Morgan (and Rankin, if he ends up playing) back immediately.

  • ThatsJustCricket on May 31, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Poor deluded fellow. If Rankin really believes he has any realistic chance of playing Tests for England long term then he is just kidding himself. At 28, being behind the ranks of Anderson, Broad, Finn, Tremlett, Bresnan, Onions, Oakes and may be a few more, all he can hope for is a match here and there as injury cover. It is a big loss for Ireland and for the man himself in exchange for next to nothing. The worst that will happen here is that he will probably get a one off game here and that will keep him away from going back to Ireland for the next four years. By that time his career will be close to over. Sad end to a good bowler.

  • on May 31, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Such a shame that he leave ireland to play for england....i am sure he will not play more then 10 matches for england...

  • jackthelad on May 31, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    God knows they need someone to replace the dire Woakes and Dernbach. Could be Rankin's break.

  • on May 31, 2013, 18:43 GMT

    feeling gd fr his selection..a very tall & good bowler. good prospect fr d future f england..bt felling sad fr Ireland..they again lost a gd player..