Ireland's hopes of persuading Boyd Rankin to return to their ranks have been given a boost after the Warwickshire fast bowler was omitted from the England senior and Lions' squads for the winter.

Rankin played 82 times for Ireland before committing to England after the 2012 World Twenty20.

However, the Bready man has not played for his adopted country since January 2014 and will become eligible to play for Ireland again two months before the ICC World Twenty20 in India in March 2016.

Rankin, 31, told Ireland head coach John Bracewell over the summer that he still hopes to play for England again, but Deutrom says that the channels of communication between the pair remain open.

“Boyd will obviously draw his own conclusions from England's announcement, and should he wish to come back, he knows the routes he need to follow to bring that about,” he said.