Trescothick backs England duo

  • Last Updated: April 18 2014, 1:59 BST

Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick believes Ashley Giles and Paul Collingwood are the perfect combination to take the England team forward.

Trescothick backs England duo

Giles, England's limited-overs and Twenty20 coach, is one of the candidates to replace Andy Flower as head coach.

He brought in Durham captain and former England all-rounder Collingwood to work alongside him at the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh and Trescothick reckons the pair should be given a chance by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The Somerset captain told Sky Sports News: "I'm still stuck on Ashley Giles. He is obviously a good friend and been through the system, been coach for 18 months or a year or so and needs an opportunity to run with the side, picking the best team they can get.

"I think he hasn't always had his own team that he would need. He has sort of been given a side with a few rested players, maybe not always the best team he could possibly pick, so I think he deserves an opportunity to really run forward and try to form something new.

"Along with a few other people I think it will be a great move. You need somebody who has been through the system and understood it. I thought Paul Collingwood was a great appointment and he would be a great attribute to any team that you have in that sort of coaching structure.

"Him working closely together with Ashley - I know how they operate and the good characters that they are - they would get a lot out of the team for sure."

Trescothick was speaking at the launch of the new T20 Blast at Edgbaston and is hopeful of tasting some success in the competition this year.

"This year has been slightly restructured a little bit. Friday night games are going to be great entertainment," he said.

"Bigger crowds are going to be coming in to watch it after a hard week at work. It should be great entertainment I can't wait to get it going."

This year sees an alteration to the format of the tournament with two groups of nine teams resulting in sides facing some rivals once and others twice and Trescothick believes a considerable advantage could be gained from the change.

"It will be little bit different as some people have home advantage which is really, really important in comparison - at certain grounds it is tough to play," he said.

"Not having that advantage of playing home and away might change the way the competition might run so you might see different teams coming through in comparison to what you would normally expect."


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