My goal is to play Test cricket for England: Boyd Rankin

Boyd Rankin has played 35 One-Day Internationals for Ireland Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Jan 8, 2012

Boyd Rankin, who played in the ICC 2011 World Cup for Ireland, said on Sunday that his goal is to play Test cricket for England.

Rankin, who is playing for the ICC Combined Associate and Affililate XI, has played several international matches for Ireland and has also represented England Lions team.

“I have been working very hard and I want to play at the highest level. My goal is to play Test cricket for England,” Rankin was quoted as saying by Gulf News.

He added, “I have been training with the Lions for the last few months. If I can get a good performance that will start to show coaches and captain what I can do then it will be good for me and hopefully in the long run play Test cricket for England.”

Rankin, who plays for Warwickshire in England county cricket says, “Unfortunately I cannot play Test cricket for Ireland so I want to play Test cricket for England. I want to be the best player I can be and hopefully put on a good performance to reach that level and play for England. There are a lot of fast bowlers ahead of me but people can get injured so you never know.”

Rankin says ICC should give Ireland Test cricket status, otherwise players like him will continue to flock towards England.

Left-handed talented batsmen Eoin Morgan and Ed Joyce have already played for England.

“To be honest once we get to that stage everyone is going to try and play for England because that is the next step along the line The only way is if ICC can give Ireland Test status so that there is another room for the likes of myself and others to play Test cricket for home country,” Rankin said.

The right-arm pacer also opined that ICC should consider the Combined Associate XI team for Test cricket.

“It will give the guys in the different countries something to aim for. A Combined ICC team is capable of playing against the best side in the world,” he said.

“I head off to Bangladesh straight after this match to join up with the Lions so it is a big month for me. I was in South Africa before Christmas, working on a few new skills so hopefully I can put them to good use, put the performances in and give me the chance of a call-up,” he concluded.