Top Irish cricketer wants to play for England

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Updated: August 19, 2011

Irish cricket player Boyd Rankin has said that he would jump ship if the English team ever decided that he was good enough to grace their ranks.

The player who is currently lining out in county cricket with Warwickshire, made his debut for England Lions on Tuesday and admitted that if the opportunity arose to play even one-day cricket for England he would have to say ‘yes’.

Rankin said: “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.

“The ultimate goal is to play Test cricket and I don’t know if the one-day team is the route to 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 (door) and do well with them and get on the winter programme.”

The Lions helped Rankin return to full fitness last winter and he is keen to use the facilities and coaching experience available:

“I didn’t have the number of overs I would have liked going into the World Cup with Ireland but it was the way it worked out with my injuries.

“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 and the big game next week. We have all the top coaches and facilities over here and I want to make use of it and see what happens here,” added Rankin.

“I suppose it’s strange that I got the England call for a one-day game but I think it was a chance for them to have a look at me (before next week’s ODI against England) and it doesn’t matter what form of the game it is. I do the same in every format.

“I feel I’ve been doing well in both but haven’t kicked on with Warwickshire with the white ball, but it means I have rest time because I’m playing quite a few four-day games. It’s just nice to be able to get the opportunity.”

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