FORMER Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin has given himself two or three years to try and break into Andrew Flower’s England test team.
With the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Steven Finn all helping Alastair Cook’s men continue to produce the goods over the last number of years, the Bready man knows how tough a task he has ahead of him.
Rankin, who last year announced his retirement from international cricket for Ireland, is happy with his decision and now wants to concentrate on achieving his ambition of playing Test cricket with England.
“Playing for England I know would be a big step for me,”stated the Warwickshire man.
“There is quite a few guys in front of me, but my ultimate aim is to play test cricket.
“That was one of the reasons why I had to give up playing for Ireland to try and give myself the best chance of making that step up to test cricket, so I have given myself the next two of three years to try and do that.”
The 28-year-old, who since his debut as a 19-year-old in 2003, 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 and he feels he has made the right decision.
“I’m happy with my decision and all I can do now is just concentrate playing for Warwickshire and see what happens from there.
“I think it’s a great thing for me, because I won’t be playing all year around now, I have already had three months off and I can feel the difference already.
“Being a fast bowler and playing all year round meant I was also getting a few injuries, so it was getting tough for me, so it’s great that I can now just concentrate on trying to play well for Warwickshire.”