England tour of India - Cricket: Giles unperturbed by criticism of negative bowling

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2002, 17:47 [IST]
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Kolkata: England left-arm spinner Ashley Giles is unperturbed by the barrage of criticism over his negative bowling in the Test series against India, but has decided to concentrate on a good line and length to contain the home side batsmen in the coming One-day series.The 29-year-old Warwickshire player stoutly defended his negative bowling outside the leg stump saying ''I didn't do anything illegal. Whatever I did is within the rules of the game.''Giles said that he was not worried over Gavaskar's criticism of his style of bowling and quipped ''I will be very happy if he remembers me even for this.''Giles, who returned his Test-best figures of five for 67 in the Ahemdabad Test, said that he greatly enjoyed bowling out the Indians known for their expertise against spinners.''I enjoy playing against any country. But your guys obviously play spin very well on these sort of wickets. So, when you get wickets against them it gives you great pleasure,'' he reporters.Giles, however, said that he could not bowl a leg stump line in the One-dayers and would concentrate on containing the Indian batsmen. ''I will try to maintain a good line, length and put pressure on the Indians by bowling the dot balls.''The six feet four inches player, who made his One-day International debut against Australia at the Oval in 1997, said that he would work out his plan in consultation with the team management in the next one or two days. ''If I amincluded in the first XI, I'll transform the plans into successful actions.''However, he admitted that the coming One-day series would be tough for his side and ''we have to play at our best''.Lavishly praising Indian spinners Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh, he said that former's record spoke for him while the latter was highly talented.''Kumble has got more than 300 wickets which is a fantastic effort, Harbhajan is young, but he is a fine player and has it in him to scoop up a rich haul of wickets in the coming years.''But Giles has no spinner as his role model. Having switched over to spin after being a fast bowler as a youngster he idolises Ian Botham. ''I like the present crop of spinners a lot. They are all top class - Shane Warne, the best spin bowler of all time, Saqlain Mushtaq, Muthiah Muralitharan and Anil Kumble. It's a pleasure to play against them.''

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