Boyd up for slice of Test his­tory

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - Sports - BY RICHARD ED­WARDS

BOYD RANKIN will walk into the his­tory books when he strolls out with Ire­land at Lord’s for Eng­land’s first four-day Test on Wed­nes­day.

Rankin will be­come the first for­mer Eng­land player since 1946 to play against the coun­try that handed him his de­but.

The last crick­eter to achieve that un­likely dou­ble was the Nawab of Pataudi Snr with In­dia 73 years ago. Rankin played his sole Test for Eng­land dur­ing the Ashes tour of 2013/14 when the vis­i­tors suf­fered a 5-0 thrash­ing.

Rankin (right) said: “This is a real celebratio­n of the fact Ire­land have got Test cricket now. But it’s a game against Eng­land, so there’s only thing you want to do – and that’s win!”

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