Rankin hopes ODIs put him in Ashes frame

England

England fast bowler Boyd Rankin is hoping to impress enough during the one-dayers against Australia that the selectors take note before they pick the squad for the Ashes in Australia, which will be named in two weeks.

England fast bowler Boyd Rankin is hoping to impress enough during the one-dayers against Australia that the selectors take note before they pick the squad for the Ashes in Australia, which will be named in two weeks.

Rankin has played 39 ODIs, but only two have been for England since his switch from Ireland. He did well in those two games though, taking four wickets against his former nation and then two against Australia.

Rankin has not played a Test yet, for either country he's represented, but with Chris Woakes having an average debut in the recent Ashes, he hopes to put his name on the team sheet as a possible Test paceman.

Rankin said of the remaining one-dayers: "I would hope to have the chance to push myself in there. These ODIs are a great chance to show what I can do.

"I am just trying to concentrate on these ODIs and put a good show on here and hope that would put me in good stead for the winter.

"I would be hoping I would be over there in one shape or form. It would be really nice to be involved in the Ashes squad, but we will have to just see what happens.

"I haven't played in Australia before but I have heard really good things in terms of the pitches which should suit me. I'm looking forward to it."

Rankin also said he was happy to have put his numerous injuries behind him, including the foot problem earlier in the season, and hoped to stay on the park long enough to build his career.

He said: "I have been set back over the last couple of years having picked up a few injuries which has set me back from where I wanted to be. I have got over those injury worries now and it has enabled me to get a full season under my belt.

"That helps in terms of my fitness and my bowling form as well. It has all come together pretty well. I had that time off in the winter to get my body right. It has helped me to push on and hopefully I can keep going."