Giles support for England
England one-day coach Ashley Giles has leapt to the defence of his inexperienced squad and believes victory in the NatWest Series is still attainable ahead of the third match at Edgbaston on Wednesday.
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Giles returns to his former Warwickshire home with his side under pressure to turn the five-match series around after an 88-run hammering in the second game at Old Trafford on Sunday.
With the first match at Headingley washed out without a ball being bowled, England trail their fierce rivals 1-0 with matches in Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton still to play.
Asked whether England have failed to find the right balance in their starting XI after opting to rest a number of key players for the series, Giles insists there is enough ability in the squad to beat Australia.
He said: "I've heard a lot about the balance of the side. Ben (Stokes) is playing as a third seamer and is an improving bowler, has good skills, can bowl mid 80s upwards and has that potential to do that job on its own.
"Otherwise the balance is what we played at the Champions Trophy when we were very successful (runners-up).
"Before the Champions Trophy against New Zealand we played five specialist bowlers and that didn't really work and that's when we brought Ravi (Bopara) back and since that time he's had a fantastic run in the side so I don't think we're just fiddling overs.
"But when you've got inexperience in the side you're going to have to suffer some pain occasionally to get some gain and that's what we're getting. Saying that, there's no reason why this team can't win these games of cricket.
"It was an exceptional batting performance by Australia the other day (at Old Trafford), we didn't get a wicket for about 22 overs and they played (James) Tredwell extremely well in the middle. There were a lot of reasons why we lost that game, not just inexperience."