On the basis that, in cricket, you always do what the opposition least wants you do to, then you put Big Boyd on to bowl. There are few more feared fast-bowlers on the circuit than the 6ft 8in Irishman.
Boyd played for England in all formats before recently returning to the Ireland set-up of which he had been part since boyhood. He hails from a passionate cricket family, with two brothers and a sister having also played for Ireland.
Boyd gives the Bears an imposing, fast-bowling option with a skill-set that includes serious pace and bounce. He is a name that opposition players always hope to see missing from the team-sheet whenever they travel to Edgbaston. Traditionally, some club batsmen tend to back away when facing the quicks - one or two county professionals have been guilty of that over the years when facing Boyd at his best.
Boyd Rankin Fact File
Role: Fast bowler
Birmingham Bears squad number: 30
Sports team beyond cricket: Liverpool
Holiday destination: Barbados
Cricket heroes: Glenn McGrath and Curtly Ambrose