The English fast bowler, Boyd Rankin, has said that he is hoping to find a place in the England Ashes squad which will visit Australia towards the end of this year.
Rankin is currently a part of the England ODI team which is playing a 5-match ODI series against the Kangaroos.
In the 2nd game of the series played yesterday, Rankin was the only English bowler who managed to impress. The 29 years old Ireland born fast bowler bowled his heart out and ended up with figures of 49 for 2 in 10 overs.
However, despite Rankin’s effort, Australia managed to score more than 300 in 50 overs and that proved to be too much for the home team. If you had a bet at William Hill cricket on the match you would have come up trumps by backing an Aussie win.
The pitches in Australia generally happen to be quick and bouncy and Rankin with his height of 6 foot 7 inches can prove to be lethal there. But, to be a part of the Ashes squad, the Warwickshire seamer will have to show some consistency in the remaining 3 matches of the ODI series.
Talking to the reporters after England’s defeat in the 2nd ODI, Rankin said, “I have the chance to showcase my skills in the remaining 3 games of the ODI series. Hopefully, I will be able to put up consistent performances and push my name forward for selection in the Ashes squad.”
“I am yet to play a game in Australia, but, I have been told that the pitches and conditions over there will suit me. So, I am looking forward to go there and have a crack.”
Rankin hasn’t made his debut in test match cricket yet, but he has got quite a bit of experience in ODI cricket. He has played 38 ODIs so far and has taken 47 wickets at an average of just more than 30. He has represented two countries at international level i.e. Ireland and England.