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Rising stars are showing that the future is bright for Irish: Rankin

Boyd Rankin
Boyd Rankin

By Ian Callender

Boyd Rankin is excited by the emergence of the young talent coming through into the senior ranks as Ireland prepare to build on Wednesday's Twenty20 victory in Oman.

Ahead of today's game in the Quadrangular tournament against Scotland, Rankin singled out debutant Shane Getkate and Lorcan Tucker for their performances in the 15-run win against the hosts in their first match, only Ireland's second victory in 13 T20 internationals.

"The feeling in the squad has been brilliant so far and the likes of these younger players like Getkate, (Harry) Tector and Tucker coming in and playing with no fear - and having that energy around the squad - has been great. They have fully deserved their chance and hopefully they can show what they have been doing with the Wolves," said Rankin.

Ireland Under-19 captain Tector, left out of the opening game, is expected to make his senior debut sooner rather than later.

Rankin failed to take a wicket against Oman but says he is finding his rhythm and hopes his extra pace will make a difference.

"Conditions here aren't easy as a fast bowler, as wickets have been slow and low. You need to be on top of your game as any margin of error will make it easy for the batsmen. Slower ball variations and yorkers will be important so it's just trying to improve every time you play," he said.

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