Paceman Rankin to return to Irish cricket


Fast bowler Boyd Rankin has confirmed that he will once again represent Ireland in international cricket after not making much progress in his England career.

Rankin made 82 international appearances for the Irish from 2007 until 2012 before he chose to switch his allegiance to England in the hopes of playing Test cricket.

The Warwickshire seamer however only played in one Test for the Three Lions, against Australia in January 2014, and has not had a look in ever since.

He has also no been picked in the England Lions squad, which means he is way down the pecking order in the fast bowling department.

The lure of playing with the country of his birth in the World T20 in India next year was a big factor in Rankin's decision to return to Irish cricket.

The 31 year-old Rankin said: "I'm delighted to be returning to Irish cricket, where I was born and learned the game.  

"I'll always be grateful to England for the chance to play Test cricket, but with little opportunities in the last two years, I felt it was time to move on at this stage of my career.

"There's a real opportunity for Ireland to get Test status now, and that prospect was a real lure for me – I'd love to be part of history.

"Before that of course there's a T20 World Cup in India – I've played in three before with Ireland and it'd be great to make it four.

"I've also very happy memories of both the 2007 and 2011 50-over World Cups in the West Indies and India, and I'd like to make it a hat-trick of appearances in 2019 in England."