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Irish hit by Rankin injury blow

Boyd Rankin
Boyd Rankin in action during the World Twenty-20 in June

Boyd Rankin looks set to miss Ireland's one day clash against England next week because of injury.

The Warwickshire paceman picked up a groin strain in the championship game against Durham and the county say he will be out of action for two weeks.

If Rankin does miss out, it will be a big blow for the Irish as he has been in excellent form recently.

Peter Connell looks likely to be drafted into the Ireland squad as Rankin's replacement.

Rankin took his first five-wicket haul for Warwickshire against Durham on Wednesday but he was unable to bowl on Friday.

Prior to news of Rankin's injury, Ireland coach Phil Simmons had spoken of his delight at having all his key players available.

"With a full strength squad, we are a match for any country on our day," said Ireland coach Phil Simmons.

"We've shown that with our results in the past, and we'll continue to do so in the future.

"We have got great depth in our batting and plenty of options in the bowling as well.

"If we play well, then certainly we can beat England. They will be favourites for sure, but cricket has a nice habit of throwing up surprises."

Ireland captain William Porterfield is excited about the prospect of leading his side out against England.

"I was 12th man when England last played here in 2006, so in three years I've gone from being a squad player to captaining my country," added the Irish skipper.

"There's sure to be a wonderful atmosphere on the day, and it's been good to hear that the tickets are now virtually sold out.

"With the crowd behind us, we can give England a real competitive game."

Ireland will warm up for their game against England by taking on the Scots in two one-day games in Aberdeen this weekend.

Ireland squad: W Porterfield capt (Gloucestershire), A Botha (North County), A Cusack (Clontarf), T Johnston (Railway Union), J Mooney (North County), K McCallan (Waringstown), K O'Brien (Railway Union), N O'Brien (Northamptonshire), B Rankin (Warwickshire), P Stirling (Carrickfergus), R West (Civil Service North), A White (Instonians), G Wilson (Surrey)

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see also
Flintoff named in England squads
17 Aug 09 |  England
Rankin aiming to rattle England
03 Aug 09 |  Ireland
Ireland drop seam bowler Connell
30 Jul 09 |  Ireland

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