Monday 15 April 2013 

Bears Buoyed by Boyd Return for Somerset Match


LV= County Champions Warwickshire have been boosted by the return to fitness of 6ft 8in fast bowler Boyd Rankin, who will be available for selection for next week’s four-day match in Taunton against Somerset.

Rankin has been undergoing a rehabilitation programme in the last few weeks, from a stress reaction in his foot, and his return to fitness is fantastic news for the Bears who have already confirmed that Chris Woakes and Keith Barker are available for this week’s Championship game against Durham.

Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket for Warwickshire CCC, said: “Boyd’s performance last time he faced Somerset, in 2011, thrust him in to the national spotlight with their skipper Marcus Trescothick suggesting that his spell was as good as anything that he faced that season.

“He had a lot of bad luck with injury last year, and didn’t get the chance to face Somerset at home or away. However, I’ve been watching him closely in training and he’s bowling faster than ever and is itching to get back out on the field and prove exactly why he has a reputation for being one the most unpleasant bowlers to face on the County circuit.”

Rankin, 28, has taken 142 wickets for the Bears since joining from Derbyshire ahead of the 2008 season, and was selected in the England Lions’ winter tour squads for the last two years, with the stress reaction of his foot forcing him to pull out of this year’s tour of Australia.

Boyd said: “It’s been frustrating to miss the first two games of the season, but I’ve been working hard in the nets with Graeme Welch and in the gym with Chris Armstrong, ensuring that my body is in good shape for bowling long spells in the County Championship.

“Whilst I didn’t play in the game, our one wicket defeat by Somerset in Taunton was our only loss in last year’s successful Championship season and I hope, if selected, that I’m able to make a major contribution that avenges that result.”

Warwickshire get underway in this week’s LV= County Championship match against Durham at 11am on Wednesday 17th April. They face Somerset away in Taunton on the following Thursday (25th April) which is broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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