By Damian Dolan.
There’s keeping secrets and there’s keeping secrets, just in the same way that there’s cricket tour, and then there’s an Ashes Tour of Australia.
Entrusted with the news that he’d been selected for England’s forthcoming Ashes series Down Under, pace bowler Boyd Rankin had to sit on the news for a painstaking 24 hours before the world could share in the biggest moment of his career to date. He told his mum and dad, of course.
The news had come via an early Sunday morning call from England selector Geoff Miller, and was validation of Rankin’s decision in to quit Ireland in the hope of his realising his life-long ambition, to play Test cricket.
Despite two World Cup campaigns with Ireland, the 29-year-old fast bowler only made his England debut last month, against Ireland ironically enough, before impressing in four one-day appearances against Australia.
He emerged with nine wickets and a decent economy rate, and backed by another good season with the ball for his county, Warwickshire, and England’s desire for a tall battery of fast bowlers to send Down Under, it was enough to book Rankin a seat on the plane.
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