Giles ready to wield axe
England limited overs coach Ashley Giles has warned that he too is ready to wield the axe on his under-performing players following the 4-1 one-day international series defeat to Australia.
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England team director Andy Flower spoke about the need to begin a new era following the Ashes whitewash and, after the ODIs hardly went much better Giles believes he has to make some "tough selection decisions".
Giles was pleased with the rise of younger players such as Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan, but is wary of focusing too much on promise alone.
With a World Cup just 12 months away the 40-year-old believes discovering a winning mentality is the most important ingredient he is looking for.
Missed opportunities in Brisbane and Adelaide, when England snatched defeat from strong positions on both occasions, therefore sit uncomfortably.
"On reflection we could be sitting here having won the series. There are a lot of should haves, could haves but we missed a key opportunity in Brisbane," he said.
"It was a situation you would win 99.9 per cent of the time and again in Adelaide. We outplayed them and didn't get over the line.
"We can continue to talk about building towards the World Cup, and there have been some really positive signs, but we have to start winning games of cricket. Guys have to start taking responsibility."
Following a sub-par series Ravi Bopara, who averaged 18 with the bat, could be one of the established names to come under fire.
The 99-cap player came in for criticism after Sunday's defeat in Adelaide, when England collapsed to lose by five runs.
Bopara's inability to steer his side home has previously been regarded as a major failing - most notably in last year's Champions Trophy final - and he again fell short in South Australia.
The 28-year-old opted for caution after he was left with the tail, managing 26 from 44 balls.
Giles had sympathy for Bopara, who did succumb to a freak stumping on a slow wicket that no batsmen scored freely on, but knows he must start to complete run chases.
"We won't just let it go because we always discuss this stuff with players and the team," he said.
"In the end the timing was working almost perfectly. When Stuart Broad got out we needed 14 runs off three overs with three wickets left.
"You would pretty much say you are going to get over the line and we generally talk about taking it deep.
"You do not have to win it in the 45th over which at one point it looked like we might. We just have to win the game.
"Ravi will be disappointed because he has not had the best series with the bat but with all these guys we try and build and move forward.
"We all have hard decisions to make. There might be some tough selection decisions."
Bopara has had a good record under Giles since he took over the limited overs coaching role 14 months ago, during which time he has also developed an extra yard of pace with his bowling.
"A lot has been said about Ravi's cricket but I can only go on what he has played during my time as coach and he has been very good for the side," Giles said.
"In the Champions Trophy he did well and okay at the end of our summer. He struggled on this tour with the bat and that can happen but he is a very useful cricketer.
"The situation he went in, we had just lost a couple of quick wickets. The two guys were in and suddenly he was put under the pump a bit.
"We know it was not easy on this wicket to start playing your shots. In the end he could have been a hero but it was one of the strangest dismissals I have ever seen in my life."
Giles believes winning games with the bat is a learned art and pointed out that Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler - two of England's best finishers - were also unable to complete the job at the Adelaide Oval.
"It is something with experience you get better at and becomes easier," he said.
"We have guys who have done it before. Morgan and Buttler have done it before.
"It was fairly difficult conditions but by no means was it impossible and we just needed to keep calm and make strong decisions.
"There were a number of times when we lost a wicket and you thought we were behind the eight ball but a little partnership or boundary brought us back in it but another poor decision or poor shot would happen and that is what cost us in the end."