Big Bad Boyd

After impressing at the start of 2013, Rankin was called into the England squad for the ODI series against New Zealand following injuries to Stuart Broad and Steven Finn. In June that year he played his first game for England, a Twenty20 international against New Zealand. His England ODI debut followed shortly after, ironically in Dublin, where Rankin took a career-best 4 for 46 against his former country with his performances during the one-day series versus Australia proving good enough to win him a place in the Ashes squad.

Rankin hails from a cricket-playing farming family in Londonderry. Two brothers and a sister have also played representative cricket for Ireland but his career after cricket may well be back on the family farm.

Boyd gives the Bears an imposing, fast bowling option with a skillset that includes serious pace and bounce. He is a name that opposition players hope to see missing from the team sheet whenever they travel to Edgbaston.