Fast bowler Rankin quits Ireland

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Bready fast bowler Boyd Rankin has called time on his Ireland international career in the hope of getting an England call up.

Rankin - Ireland’s premier strike bowler - said the decision to quit was a difficult one.

“It’s been a difficult decision for me but I will be retiring from playing cricket for Ireland after the World T20, as I feel I can’t continue to play the amount of cricket I have been playing with Warwickshire, England Lions and Ireland over the last few years.

“I have genuine ambitions of playing Test cricket and I have to give myself the best chance to do that by reducing my workloads as a fast bowler and concentrating on playing cricket for Warwickshire.

“It has become increasingly difficult to play for three different sides throughout the year as it leaves me with little time for rest and recovery, which helps reduce my chance of injury.

“I want to say a massive thank you to Cricket Ireland who have supported me throughout my career and I owe them a lot. They have been very understanding in my decision and I know the door is never closed with them.”

Since his debut as a 19 year old in 2003, Rankin has played 79 times for Ireland, taking 110 wickets at an average of 24.05, with a best bowling return of 5 for 39 against Namibia in 2008.

His contract with Cricket Ireland expires in December. Rankin currently plays for county side Warwickshire.