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Full name William Boyd Rankin
Born July 5, 1984, Londonderry
Current age 29 years 166 days
Major teams England, Ireland, Derbyshire, England Lions, Ireland Under-19s, Warwickshire, Warwickshire 2nd XI
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 7 in
Education Strabane Grammar School, Harper Adams University College
Relation Brother - RJ Rankin
|ODI debut||Bermuda v Ireland at Nairobi (Jaff), Jan 31, 2007 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Australia at Southampton, Sep 16, 2013 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Bangladesh v Ireland at Nottingham, Jun 8, 2009 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v New Zealand at The Oval, Jun 27, 2013 scorecard|
|First-class debut||United Arab Emirates v Ireland at Abu Dhabi, Feb 10-12, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Cricket Australia Invitational XI v England XI at Sydney, Nov 13-16, 2013 scorecard|
|List A debut||Ireland A v Sri Lanka A at Abu Dhabi, Apr 24, 2006 scorecard|
|Last List A||England v Australia at Southampton, Sep 16, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Bangladesh v Ireland at Nottingham, Jun 8, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Warwickshire v Somerset at Birmingham, Jul 30, 2013 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/52||England XI||v CA Chairman||Alice Springs||29 Nov 2013||Other|
|1/63, 3*, 3/46||England XI||v CA Inv XI||Sydney||13 Nov 2013||FC|
|1/92, 0, 2/34||England XI||v WA Chair XI||Perth||31 Oct 2013||FC|
|0*, 1/7, 2/16||Warwickshire||v Derbyshire||Derby||24 Sep 2013||FC|
|1/26, 4||England||v Australia||Southampton||16 Sep 2013||ODI # 3416|
|2/31||England||v Australia||Cardiff||14 Sep 2013||ODI # 3415|
|-||England||v Australia||Birmingham||11 Sep 2013||ODI # 3414|
|2/49, 1*||England||v Australia||Manchester||8 Sep 2013||ODI # 3412|
|4/46||England||v Ireland||Dublin||3 Sep 2013||ODI # 3409|
|1/22||Eng Lions||v Bangladesh A||Taunton||22 Aug 2013||LA|
Boyd Rankin first came to prominence as part of the Ireland team that progressed to the Super Eight section of the 2007 World Cup. Blessed with great height - Rankin is six feet, seven inches tall - he gained bounce from even the most sluggish of surfaces and claimed 12 wickets in the tournament to help his side to notable victories over Pakistan and Bangladesh. Five years later, he made himself unavailable for Ireland in a bid to play Test cricket with England. The move provoked disquiet in his home country but it appeared to have been justified when he was named in England's Ashes squad to tour Australia in 2013-14, after a series of impressive limited-overs displays for his adoptive country.
Progress was fitful, though. Having spent some time on the staff at Middlesex without ever making it into the first team, Rankin broke into the Derbyshire side on the back of his World Cup success and then moved to Warwickshire at the end of the 2007 season. Hampered by a succession of injuries, it wasn't until 2009 that, having put greater onus on strength and fitness, he began to fulfil his potential. In 2011 he was part of the Ireland side that defeated England in the World Cup game in Bangalore and then passed 50 first-class wickets in a county season for the first time. After one particularly hostile spell in which he struck Marcus Trescothick several times on the body, the Somerset opener praised Rankin for being as good a fast bowler as he faced that season. While consistency and fitness remained an issue, there was little doubt that, when the force was with him, Rankin had the pace, bounce and lateral movement to discomfort any batsman.
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.
After 37 ODIs and 15 T20Is, he retired from Irish cricket towards the end of 2012 in order to concentrate on winning a place in the England Test side. Having struggled to remain injury free, 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 to him by his then club coach, Ashley Giles, that he would not be guaranteed another county contract unless he committed to Warwickshire and England.
After impressing at the start of 2013, Rankin was called into the England squad for the ODI series against New Zealand following injuries to Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. In June that year he played his first game for England, a Twenty20 international against New Zealand. His England ODI debut followed shortly after, ironically in Dublin, where Rankin took a career-best 4 for 46 against his former country, and his returns during the one-day series with Australia were good enough to win him a place in the Ashes squad.
Rankin hails from a cricket-playing farming family in Londonderry. Two brothers and a sister have also played representative cricket for Ireland and his career after cricket may well be back on the family farm.
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