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Monday 14 October 2019

Rankin has no switch regrets

Boyd Rankin. Pic: Sportsfile
Boyd Rankin. Pic: Sportsfile

Ireland's Boyd Rankin insists he has no regrets over playing for England as he prepares for his country's first Test at Lord's.

The 35-year-old fast-medium paceman will this week stride out at the home of cricket in just Ireland's third Test, and their maiden one on English shores.

Rankin will go up against former international team-mates after he turned his back on Ireland to play for England in 2012.

"I have no regrets," said Rankin on his temporary international switch. "At that stage of my career, there were no real opportunities to play Test cricket for Ireland.

"That has changed now but at that time I wanted to play at the highest level, and representing England was the only way I could do it."

The 6ft 7ins bowler made just one long-format appearance when featuring in England's heavy fifth-Test defeat to Australia in Sydney more than five years ago.

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