Ireland news August 18, 2011

Rankin eyes England spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Boyd Rankin, the Warwickshire and Ireland fast bowler, has set his sights on joining former team-mate Eoin Morgan in the England side even though that will mean turning his back on his homeland.

Rankin was drafted into the England Lions squad for the final one-day match against Sri Lanka A, at Wantage Road, and responded with 2 for 19 as the hosts wrapped up the series 2-1. Ironically, however, his next major chance to impress England will come when he is in opposition to them in the one-day international at Clontarf next week.

"I want to play at the highest level and be the best I can be. I still feel I'm getting better and better and if the chance came I would probably take it," Rankin told the Belfast Telegraph. "The ultimate goal is to play Test cricket and I don't know if the [England] one-day team is the route to the Test team. It won't happen for a while anyway but it's just a matter of trying to get my foot into the Lions and do well with them and get on the winter programme."

Rankin has taken 44 wickets for Warwickshire in the County Championship and a productive season has helped him move on from the frustration of injuries which hampered his preparation for the World Cup earlier this year. Now he's aiming for a strong finish to the summer before seeing what is in store during the winter.

"I've got over my injury worries, I feel, and I just want to kick on for the rest of the season with a number of games with Warwickshire," he said. "We have all the top coaches and facilities over here and I want to make use of it and see what happens here."

And a few wickets against England wouldn't go amiss. "They will come out hard because we beat them the last time we met and it's good we are playing in Dublin in front of a home crowd," he said. "I hope it's a good day and we get another good result and I hope I get a few wickets."

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  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2011, 2:47 GMT

    I wish Boyd the best .... he deserves the chance to get test cricket - he may be good enough he may not but he is on the edge - I just wish it was with Ireland. Sadly Dockrell and Stirling are already in Englands sights and on their performances - they should be - either or both may turn out to be Test quality. the irony in this is the ICC support for Irish cricket is helping bring out these little jewels while their other rules are making them leave Ireland for England. Something must be done for the sake of justice and fair play .... surely?

  • niyas on August 20, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    GIVE IRELAND "TEST STATUS". that wil be the only remedy for this

  • Randolph on August 20, 2011, 1:48 GMT

    @youngkeepersdad, its the England and Wales Cricket board

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2011, 0:15 GMT


  • david on August 19, 2011, 21:46 GMT

    if ireland were to be given test match status they would lose the benifit of playing county cricket as they could only be taken on as an overseas player. were now they can play if good enough for the county. as ireland have not got a good enough cricket structure. and wonder how they would make a living, and been an irish test player. dpk

  • Cricket Fan on August 19, 2011, 15:52 GMT


  • Rimtu on August 19, 2011, 15:48 GMT

    I think, it is silly for Boydo to aspire to play for England. He's better of playing for Ireland where he will get in every time Ireland plays.

    England has Broad, Tremlett and Finn. Broad and Finn are younger than Rankin with more experience and proven record in multiple forms of the game.

    I see no hope for Rankin to break into the English side. At the same time, I think if he cannot figure this out himself he's not a very smart person to begin with. If he was an express pace bowler capable of bowling 150+km/h then he'd have a chance.

    England is well set on the number of very tall, fast medium, bounce bowlers for the next 5 years or so. But if Rankin does become available for England, he may get a chance if all of the 3 I mentioned above breaks down at the same time. I think that's not highly likely.

  • Dummy4 on August 19, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    It is time Ireland is welcomed to the big boys club so stop this bleeding. Will they be any worse than say Bangladesh or Zimbabwe or India :)

  • Navendra on August 19, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    There are alot of talented players in Ireland that can play test crickt and Ryan ten Dosechat from Netherlands. The ICC can grant them test status but put them in a different league with Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, West Indies, New Zealand and Pakistan. These 5 teams are bottom of the rankings by a long way, so let them play together and after a period of 4 years, review the rankings and promote 2 teams with the big boys league.

  • Dre on August 19, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    You look at the Zim and Bangladesh series and you ask, what if Ire got the same opportunities and support and most importantly exposure and matches that they got? ICC really doesn't seem to care and they probably won't care even if half the eng team is Irish.

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