Rankin recovering well from injury

Wed, Mar 3, 2010 6:56 PM

Rankin recovering well from injury
Ireland pace bowler Boyd Rankin is recovering well from his foot injury, and expects to be available to play a full part in the ICC World Twenty20 next month.

The 25 year old opening bowler suffered a stress reaction in his right foot which caused him to miss both Ireland's tour of Sri Lanka in January, and the World Twenty20 qualifying tournament in the UAE in February.

Rankin is now almost fully recovered saying, "I'll be fine for the West Indies. The foot is nearly fully healed now. The plan is to start gradually building up bowling when Warwickshire arrive in South Africa for pre-season."

The English county side will be in Bloemfontein from March 10-26 for a training camp. They will be playing a one-day fixture plus a two day game against a local side made up of provincial players.

Rankin has played 40 times for Ireland to date, since making his debut as a 19 year old in 2003. He has taken 67 wickets at an average of 22.12, having a best bowling analysis of 5-39 against Namibia in 2008.

He has happy memories of the Caribbean, having played a starring role as Ireland announced themselves on the world cricketing stage, recording famous victories over both Bangladesh and Pakistan. Rankin took 12 wickets during the tournament, including Younis Khan, Stephen Fleming, Michael Vaughan, AB de Villiers and Herschelle Gibbs.

Ireland have been drawn in Group B along with hosts West Indies, whom they play on the opening day (April 30) in Guyana, before taking on England, including their former team-mate Eoin Morgan, on May 4th at the same venue.

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