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Rankin excited for Edgbaston

Boyd Rankin is hoping a little bit of home comfort can help him lead the England attack with distinction again in Birmingham.

The 6ft 7in Irishman removed Australia captain Michael Clarke and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade with successive deliveries but could not prevent England losing the second one-day international at Emirates Old Trafford yesterday.

The result moved Australia 1-0 ahead in the NatWest Series, after the first match at Headingley was washed out, with three games still to play.

And having been satisfied with the way he bowled at the weekend, the 29-year-old is hoping his home ground Edgbaston will bring further rewards on Wednesday.

"I was pleased with the way I bowled myself, but as a team we didn't perform as well as we could have," he said, reflecting on the 88-run defeat.

"We are a young side who are learning all the time and we will try and bounce back for Wednesday."

Rankin is encouraged by his current form, but believes he can still offer more.

"Personally it has been feeling quite good," he added.

"It didn't feel quite up to what it has been at some stages this season, but it has (still) been good enough to pick up a few wickets."

Australia number eight James Faulkner prevented Rankin from taking his first professional hat-trick, although he has been mighty close on three occasions now this summer.

"I think I have had one in my career - which was in a school game," he said.

"I have been on three hat-tricks this year, but just can't quite seem to manage to get the third wicket."

It may be asking a little much to put that right on Wednesday, but the Warwickshire seamer will have a spring in his step in familiar surroundings.

"It will be nice to walk out and play in front of my home crowd - really good," he said.

Rankin did not stay long in the north-west and was already back in the midlands last night - trying to make the most of the opportunity to prepare on home soil and in his own bed.

"I stayed at home last night and I will try and stay at home as much as I can," he said.

"We have been on the road for the last couple of weeks, so it will be nice to have my own bed. For a big lad, it makes a difference."

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