IT didn’t feel any better for Boyd Rankin 24 hours after Ireland had crashed to defeat in the Lord’s Test. It will need some time for the whole squad to get over this one.

It wasn’t so much the humiliation of being bowled out for 38 – the seventh lowest total in more than 2,350 Test matches – but rather the bad luck of having to face Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes (who has taken 24 wickets at an average of 9.75 at Lord’s) in ideal bowling conditions. Not even India would have got anywhere near a victory target of 182 on Friday morning. If only the situation had been reversed!

"We dIdn’t get the rub of the green,” said Rankin yesterday. “We bowled well on day one, when the sun was shining. We got ourselves into a great position and it was frustrating that it didn’t go our way. But that’s cricket, we can’t do much about that, but I thought we fought really well over the three days. We got ourselves into a great position and that’s what makes the result more disappointing.”

England captain Joe Root described the pitch, prepared by new Lord’s Head Groundsman, Dubliner Karl McDermott, as ‘sub-standard’ but Rankin said it was the overheads rather that the pitch which was responsible for a game of just 633 runs and which finished in the equivalent of five and a half sessions.

“It was difficult yesterday and on the first morning but that is quite normal, When the sun was out, the pitch was slow, and doing a bit but nothing we haven’t seen before,” said Rankin.

“The first afternoon and second day, it was easier to score runs and the fact It was a four-day Test, rather than a five day one, so maybe there was more in it. But the pitch was still really good and if the weather had stayed the same (it was 37 degrees on Thursday) we thought we could chase down the total. But ball was moving around and zipping off the pitch.”

It could be a long time before Ireland get the chance to play another Test match at Lord’s – and Ireland’s five ‘30-somethings’ will certainly not be involved in the next one – but Rankin has already the game in the memory bank.

“I’d played only one first class game at Lord’s before this one, plenty of 50-over games and a World T20 game for Ireland back in 2009, but stepping out that first morning in front of that massive crowd! It was a great atmosphere and one of those days you can cherish, playing in front of a full house at Lord’s, it can’t get any better than that. That first session was a bit surreal but it will stick in my memory for a long time.”

England were seven wickets down before Rankin got a chance to bowl, replacing Tim Murtagh at the Nursery End, but he finished off the England innings, their total of 85, bowled out in a session, the shortest first innings in a Lord’s Test.

“Murts has so much experience at Lord’s and the conditions suited him but it was nice to get wickets at the back end and then a longer bowl in the second innings,” added Rankin who was equally as pleased for Mark Adair, who finished with six wickets on his Test debut.

“I know Mark well from the (Birmingham) Bears, when he was with us for a few seasons. He has really good skills and I knew if he worked hard he could get to the top level, and there’s no reason why he won’t play for Ireland for next 10 years because he all the ability.

“He is one of the more skilful bowlers, can swing it both ways and is a natural for red ball cricket.”

But, while England head straight into the five-match Ashes series, starting on Wednesday, and have six more Tests lined up before the end of January, Ireland must wait until February before Rankin, Adair and co get the chance to show off their skills again with the red-ball, in a one-off Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.

"We just need to play more matches,” said Rankin. “We have got into strong positions in our first three Tests, and now it’s a question of turning them into wins."