Bready’s Rankin delighted with Ashes call-up

FLYING . . .Bready fast bowler Boyd Rankin is delighted to have been called into the England squad for this winter's Ashes Series in Australia.
FLYING . . .Bready fast bowler Boyd Rankin is delighted to have been called into the England squad for this winter's Ashes Series in Australia.
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FORMER BREADY fast bowler Boyd Rankin said his call up to the England Test squad for this winter’s Ashes Series in Australia moves him one step closer to realising his dream of playing test cricket.

Ex-Ireland ace Rankin, 29, and New Zealand-born all-rounder Ben Stokes are both named despite not yet playing a Test after they impressed for England in the recent One Day International series defeat by Australia. The height of Rankin, who is 6’ 8”, appears to have worked in his favour, with the pitches in Australia expected to offer plenty of bounce.

“Obviously everyone wants to play at the highest level and I am no different,” explained the Bready man, “I have always wanted to push myself and play test match cricket and I’m over the moon that I have got into the Test squad.

“I think I have come along way but, yes, it has all been worthwhile. This takes me one step further toward making my dreams come true in terms of playing test cricket.

Rankin has been earning rave reviews with Warwickshire but admitted he had talked to Ed Joyce and Eoin Morgan, both of whom were previously Ireland internationals, before making the decision to represent England.

“I spoke to Ed (Joyce) and Eoin (Morgan) because they have gone through something similar. I have always had the ambition to play test match cricket but I decided to step down from playing for Ireland because I wanted to concentrate on playing for Warwickshire and try to force my way into the test squad. It has been a while coming but I’m really looking forward to the next two or three months.”