Giles drifts for England role
Ashley Giles is the favourite to take over as boss of the England cricket team after Andy Flower resigned as team director.
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Giles, who is already in charge of the one-day and Twenty20 sides, is expected to take full control, according to the bookies.
William Hill went up with 4/6 as soon as the Flower rumours began - he had been under pressure following England's Ashes series whitewash - although Stan James were quick to take Giles on by offering 2/1 about the former off-spinner who has presided over the recent ODI and T20 series defeats in Australia. The price later drifted to 9/4.
Stan James' Rory Jiwani said: "After the 5-0 Ashes whitewash, Flower was just 1/4 to be England's head coach for the summer Test series against India so it's fair to say this announcement has come as something of a surprise.
"One-day supremo Ashley Giles is our 2/1 favourite to succeed Flower although his position in the set-up must be under scrutiny with England outplayed in all forms of the game Down Under."
Gary Kirsten, Tom Moody, Mickey Arthur and Dav Whatmore - all coaches with international experience - were also prominent in the early betting lists, as was Graham Ford. He is currently in charge of Sri Lanka but is due to take over at Surrey ahead of the new domestic season.
However, all of them drifted as punters turned to Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell as a potential replacement for Flower.
He was cut into 3/1 by BetVictor. By Friday evening, Sky Bet and Paddy Power were offering 10/3.
Yorkshire's Australian coach Jason Gillespie also attracted cash although he was quoted as saying he was 100 per cent committed to his job at Headingley. Initially a 33/1 shot, he had moved into 18s (BetVictor) by 1800 GMT on Friday.
There was similar support for Paul Collingwood. He has been coaching Scotland and recently helped them qualify for the World Cup. However, he is due to play for Durham in the forthcoming season. BetVictor were offering 22/1 on Friday evening.
Flower is discussing other roles within the ECB set-up and is staying, at least for now, as an England selector.
In his departure statement he said that the job should involve one man taking charge of the team in all formats of the game.