Broad a key player for Giles

  • Last Updated: January 31 2013, 0:33 GMT

Ashley Giles cites the return of Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad as a perfect example of the enviable strength in depth at his disposal as England limited-overs coach.

Stuart Broad and Ashley Giles prior to New Zealand series
Stuart Broad and Ashley Giles prior to New Zealand series

Giles and Broad are at the beginning of a new partnership in the shortest format in New Zealand: the coach after his debut assignment in a 3-2 one-day international series defeat in India and the captain as he makes his way back from injury.

Broad's bruised left heel forced him home early from England's famously successful Test tour of India before Christmas, amid media mutterings about a loss of form which had already seen him dropped mid-series.

The pace bowler subsequently also missed two Twenty20 matches in India - Eoin Morgan led England to one defeat and one victory in his absence - and has spent the past six weeks on the sidelines.

But Giles, appointed last month to dovetail in the limited-overs formats with Test coach Andy Flower, sees any discussion of Broad's place as merely symptomatic of England's rich resources of talent.

"You're talking about this guy being left out of sides," Giles said.

"He's got a major part to play in all three forms of the game for us."

England's fortunes in India over the past month were patchy but nonetheless compare favourably with 5-0 ODI hammerings on each of their previous 50-over series there.

They managed to win twice this time, without the help of not just Broad but his fellow fast bowler James Anderson and first-choice spinner Graeme Swann - who were both rested.

Giles' squad for three Twenty20s in New Zealand is still missing Swann, along with Kevin Pietersen who will also be absent for the three ODIs which follow as England embrace the concept of regular rest for their first-choice players.

"This is a good position to be in," said Giles.

"We've got a lot of strength in depth at the moment. We showed that by taking a relatively inexperienced bowling attack to India for the one-dayers, and leaving some really good players behind.

"That's a key for us. We need to look after our good players really well, keep them hungry and on top of their game."

One player present both in India and here - England will play their first warm-up match against a New Zealand XI in Whangarei on Monday - is emerging batsman Joe Root.

The 22-year-old Yorkshireman had no international experience before his surprise inclusion for the Nagpur Test six weeks ago, yet has since added debuts in both Twenty20 and ODI cricket and significantly impressed Giles with a series of resourceful innings.

"He's just gone from strength to strength in our eyes," said the coach.

"(He's) someone who, I suppose, originally came on the scene as a Test specialist but is now involved in all three forms of the game.

"He's very adaptable and works really hard.

"I think all of us would say he's got a bright future. It's early days yet - so let's not heap too much pressure on him - but I think anyone who can go to India and play the way he did has got a lot going for him."

Broad was scheduled to bowl outdoors for the first time since having to leave England's tour of India before Christmas because of his injured heel.

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