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Boyd accentuates 'positives' ahead of English showdown


Ireland's Boyd Rankin

Ireland's Boyd Rankin

Ireland's Boyd Rankin

Boyd Rankin has played both for and against England and is one of only 11 cricketers who can say they have appeared on a winning Ireland side against them.

But the experienced strike bowler knows that unless there is big improvement from Sunday's warm-up game in the Ageas Bowl, it promises to be another difficult day on Thursday in the first of three one-day internationals in the bio-secure Southampton venue.

Reflecting on the seven-wicket defeat, when England Lions chased 297 in 35 overs, Rankin said: "As a bowling unit we didn't get enough balls in the right area and we know we could have been tighter in our lines and lengths.

"But we have learned from yesterday and we will try to work on those over the next couple of days and then be as positive as possible going into the game.

"They were a good batting unit, they put us under pressure from ball two and we have to be really accurate where we bowl.

"It's a good pitch and you get value for your shots, if it beats the outfield it's normally four. We have now played two games here and all the games have been 300+ but we weren't where we want to be."

The series is the first in the World Cup Super League, which will see the top seven join hosts India as automatic qualifiers for the 2023 finals. The Ireland match day squad will be announced today.

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