Boyd Rankin feels England can win ODI series against Australia

Although Boyd Rankin is new to the England setup, he believes his experience of leading the Ireland attack will help him and England in the future © Getty Images

Birmingham: Sep 10, 2013

Boyd Rankin said he believes England can turn the tables on Australia and go ahead to win the five-match One-Day International (ODI). England lost the second match in Manchester by 88 runs after the first got washed-out in Leeds.

There was a lot of talk about England’s team selection at Old Trafford as they slumped to a massive defeat. The third match is in Birmingham at Edgbaston on September 11.

When England named their ODI squad, former captain Michael Vaughan suggested fans who paid full price for tickets were due a refund given several first-choice players — captain Alastair Cook, key batsman Ian Bell and bowlers James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann — were all being rested ahead of the return Ashes.

Fast bowler Rankin, however, insisted England, who last month wrapped up a 3-0 Ashes 2013 win, could still surprise Australia in the remaining one-dayers.

“Obviously, there have been a few lads left out. But there is a lot of young talent there. I still think we can compete and win this series,” Rankin said.

“It didn’t go to plan at Old Trafford, like we would have wanted. But we are a young side, learning all the time, and we can bounce back for Wednesday.”

And although Rankin may be an England novice, his time with Ireland has given him a good grounding in international cricket.

“I have had quite a bit of experience with Ireland in terms of World Cup, which helps whenever you come into this environment,” he said.

“So I suppose with myself and Steven Finn, in terms of the new bowlers, it puts a bit of responsibility on me. I think I react well to that.

“When I was in Ireland I was the leader of their attack and I have done quite well when given the extra responsibility.”

(With unputs from AFP)