Flintoff backs Giles appointment

  • Last Updated: November 29 2012, 15:11 GMT

Former England captain Andrew Flintoff is confident Ashley Giles will be a success in his new role as the country's limited-overs head coach.

Ashley Giles and Andrew Flintoff enjoyed success for England.
Ashley Giles and Andrew Flintoff enjoyed success for England.

The former left-arm spinner has been entrusted with the reins in the shorter formats as the England and Wales Cricket Board seek to lighten the load on hard-working team director Andy Flower, who will continue to lead the Test team.

Giles has established his coaching credentials by leading Warwickshire to this year's LV= County Championship title and Flintoff, his team-mate in the memorable Ashes victory of 2005, told Sky Sports News: "Ashley was a very, very important member of the side, a great competitor.

"He probably wasn't given the credit he deserved as a spinner, the work he did made it much easier for the team with both bat and ball.

"I'm sure Ashley will do well. It's different, having two coaches - I think in an ideal world they'd have one, but they think this is the way forward and who am I to say not?

"Andy Flower's done a great job with the England side, the ECB are doing great jobs too, so if that's the way they want to go I'm sure it'll be successful."

Giles is set to take charge for January's one-day international series in India.

Before then, England's immediate focus is on the remaining two Tests of the four-match series, which stands at 1-1 after they bounced back from a nine-wicket defeat in Ahmedabad to win by 10 wickets in Mumbai.

Flintoff is optimistic for the remaining games and reserved specific praise for Kevin Pietersen, who top-scored with 186 in England's first innings, and spinner Monty Panesar who returned match figures of 11 for 210.

"The one thing England have done over the years is bounce back well," he said.

"It was a disappointing first Test, and then the second just shows what happens when you've got someone of the quality of Kevin Pietersen in the side scoring runs.

"It seems his reintegration's going very well. Getting all those runs, nearly half of (England's 413), just shows what a key component he is in that side.

"I was so pleased to see Monty do well as well. He's been a great performer for England and left on the sidelines a little bit but I can see now he's going to be challenging Graeme Swann for that number one spinning spot.

"Monty's a fine bowler and the squad are now in a great position where they've got competition for places."


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