Giles aims to build on positives

  • Last Updated: January 28 2013, 22:08 GMT

Ashley Giles is beginning to come to terms with his new role as England's limited-overs coach after a challenging first series in India.

Ashley Giles: Enjoyed his tough start
Ashley Giles: Enjoyed his tough start

Giles left his job at Warwickshire to take the reins of England's one-day and Twenty20 sides and was immediately thrust into a five-match ODI tour of India.

England's last two series in the country ended in 5-0 defeats and Giles' task was made all the harder by the decision to rest key trio Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Jonathan Trott.

Given the circumstances a 3-2 defeat, with victories in the first and last games of the campaign, is far from a disaster.

Giles was content to take the pragmatic approach when assessing his maiden series as an international coach and believes he has already started to find his feet in the post.

"I guess you couldn't have got a much tougher start here, but I've enjoyed it," said Giles, who today joined nine players in jetting straight to New Zealand to prepare for a trip that includes three T20s and three ODIs before team director Andy Flower returns for the Test series.

"When I first came in I was a little nervous, almost not myself. I feel more relaxed now and going to New Zealand I feel I can be more myself.

"On reflection if I'd been offered 3-2 maybe I would have taken it.

"As a coach you look at those windows (of opportunity) when maybe you could have won the series but it's important that going forward we keep building on the good things and work on the things we missed out on.

"We've seen a lot of different guys here and learnt a lot of different things, even in games we've lost.

"If we weren't learning I'd be worried. This side has got a long way to go.

"This team has worked very hard, with some young players getting experience so we're pretty happy."

Although Giles was keen to emphasise the importance of finding out about some of the less experienced members of his player pool, he will soon face an important decision on the make up of his Champions Trophy squad.

The England and Wales Cricket Board, who are hosting the tournament, have identified it as a key target and Giles has just three more games with the 50-over side before he must name his 15-man squad.

Summer conditions in England are somewhat different to those experienced in India and, as such, England are minded to alter the shape of their team accordingly.

While three specialist seamers and one spinner was deemed sufficient in India, with Samit Patel and Joe Root splitting the spare overs between them, Giles suggested that in the future there would be room for one more specialist in the attack.

"The balance will be something we look at in New Zealand because conditions will be similar to the Champions Trophy," he said. "We might need to play four seamers and a spinner in the Champions Trophy. It's always that balance between what you can score and what you can save.

"Often when you pick five bowlers they know their roles. Picking more (part-time) bowlers can muddle it for everyone. With five top-quality bowlers they have to do the job for you."

Anderson, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad would be the first-choice seamers, with Tim Bresnan a likely fourth provided he is available again following specialist advice on his troublesome right elbow.

In his absence Chris Woakes, a Giles favourite from Warwickshire, has been handed a chance to nail down the position.

But he has not closed the door on the bold move of adding James Tredwell as a second spinner following his superb displays as Swann's understudy this month.

"I wouldn't say it's a non-starter. I think it is worth talking about because they are two of our best bowlers in one-day international cricket," he said.

"Conditions for the Champions Trophy will have to be seen but I can't see a place where they won't both be in the squad."


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