Boyd Rankin targeting Test cricket with England

Rankin finishes Ireland career
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Boyd Rankin announces his retirement from cricket with Ireland to concentarte on making England's Test squad.

Boyd Rankin has announced that he will be finishing his career as an Ireland player after this year's ICC World Twenty20 competition.

The 28-year-old has the opportunity to play for Ireland and England but believes that it is time to concentrate on one target.

"It's been a difficult decision for me but I will be retiring from playing cricket for Ireland after the World T20," Rankin said. "I feel I can't continue to play the amount of cricket I have been playing with Warwickshire, England Lions and Ireland over the last few years."

The Warwickshire bowler has admitted that his ambition to break into England's Test squad was a key factor in his decision.

"I have genuine ambitions of playing Test cricket and have to give myself the best chance to do that by reducing my workloads as a fast bowler and concentrating on playing cricket for Warwickshire."

Rankin made his Ireland debut against Bermuda in 2007.

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