Rankin considered ending career

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Fast bowler Boyd Rankin is eager to return to the England Test team, despite a disappointing debut during the series against Australia earlier this year.

Fast bowler Boyd Rankin is eager to return to the England Test team, despite a disappointing debut during the series against Australia earlier this year.

Rankin was nursing an injured shoulder during the the fifth and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where the hosts won by 281 runs to claim an historic five-nil series victory.

The tall Rankin, who retired from Irish Cricket to represent England, proved expensive in the first innings and managed just one wicket, that of tail-ender Peter Siddle, during the second.

"I still want to bowl fast and I still want to knock people over. If it is the only Test I play, then so be it. I would never change what I have done. I've always said I wanted to try and play at the highest level and that is Test cricket," said Rankin.

"I'm trying not to look too far ahead. I just want to get back to enjoying playing cricket. I've felt in decent rhythm these past two days. It's just nice to be back. I don't feel I took my chance. I'm sure a lot of people weren't impressed. Hopefully I can still show people what I'm capable of doing. I didn't do that during the winter.

"I wasn't anywhere near where I wanted to be in that Sydney game. I had torn half the cartilage off my shoulder in a fielding session we had a couple of days before the Test. So I was struggling with that and I had a back spasm during the Test as well.

"I felt I had to play. I had to take my chance, but I don't suppose I did that, really. I tried to fight hard through that. It was still a special occasion for me, but I did feel I let myself and the rest of the team down. It's been tough coming back from that."

Sidelined for five months, the 29-year-old recently cherished a promising return to first-class competition. Three telling breakthroughs for Warwickshire against Somerset at Edgbaston in Birmingham, including the removal of the talented Nick Compton, suggested a successful conclusion to the month.

"It was a tough period for me when I got back. There were a few days when I was thinking 'should I still be playing cricket?' There were quite a few questions asked. But I learned a lot from the experience and I believe it has made me a stronger person," he concluded.

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