England Cricket: Rankin hoping for home success

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England bowler Boyd Rankin is hoping he can help England level the ODI series on his home turf at Edgbaston.

The 6ft 7in pace bowler did well on Sunday at Old Trafford for the home side but he was unable to stop England going 1-0 down in the series with three to play.

After the first match of the series was washed out at Headingley, the Aussies took full advantage and won the game by a comfortable 88 runs. Earlier in the summer, England clinched the opening Test in the Ashes and held on, and Australia’s James Faulkner admitted after the game that he thought they had the momentum for the rest of the series.

Rankin didn’t finish the day with the best figures (2-49), on only his second one-day appearance for his adopted country, but he was the only bowler who managed to keep Australia quiet for a period.

The Irishman admitted he was pleased with his game but he hopes his side can bounce back on Wednesday.

He said: “I was pleased with the way I bowled myself, but as a team we didn’t perform as well as we could have.

“We are a young side who are learning all the time and we will try and bounce back for Wednesday.”

Rankin is encouraged by his current form, but believes he can still do better with three matches left in the series.

He added: “Personally it has been feeling quite good. It didn’t feel quite up to what it has been at some stages this season, but it has (still) been good enough to pick up a few wickets.”

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