Warwickshire have suffered another blow in the build-up to their County Championship opener against Somerset at Edgbaston, starting on April 12, with the news that Ireland fast bowler Boyd Rankin will miss the first six weeks of the season.
Rankin, who took 55 wickets last season, complained of soreness in his right foot after he had his first net session with Warwickshire and has now been advised to rest with a stress reaction.
The injury is likely to have been caused by Rankin playing eleven matches in 12 days for Ireland in the recent World Twenty20 qualifiers in the United Arab Emirates, a workload that has annoyed Warwickshire.
“It’s disappointing to lose Boyd just before the start of the season, but we do have a strong bowling attack and it’s a good opportunity for one of the younger seamers to make a big impression. We also have the benefit of not starting our County Championship campaign until next Thursday,” said Warwickshire’s director of cricket Ashley Giles.
“It’s extremely frustrating that we’ve lost Boyd to this kind of injury, but he has had an extremely large work load over recent months. We will need to manage this to ensure that it doesn’t become a regular occurrence.”
Rankin’s absence is a second blow to Warwickshire who were already going to start the new season without England one-day international all-rounder Chris Woakes who damaged ankle ligaments on the pre-season trip to Barbados last month.
Although Warwickshire do have strength in depth in their seam department they will now start the season without two bowlers who took 111 wickets between them last season.
Warwickshire will also be without rookie pace bowler Recordo Gordon for the first three months of the season because of a stress fracture of the back.The 20-year-old, who was born in Jamaica but raised in Aston, complained of soreness in his back during Warwickshire’s pre-season tour to Barbados but the full extent of the injury was not identified until he had scans when he returned home.
The county have high hopes of Gordon, who was contracted during the winter after he impressed in their Second XI Championship-winning side last season.