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Ashley Giles appointed England ODI and T20 coach

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Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 18:11 [IST]
 
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Giles named England ODI and T20 coach

London, Nov 28: Former left-arm spinner Ashley Giles has been appointed as England's One Day International and Twenty20 head coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday.

Andy Flower, who is the Team Director, will continue in his capacity and will be the overall in-charge of the teams. Flower will remain the head coach of Test outfit. The new move by ECB is seen as easing of the workload of Flower.

ECB said in a media release that "Andy Flower will have accountability for the results of England cricket and will continue to tour with the England Test side during both home and away series but will no longer be responsible for the day to day leadership of the England ODI and T20 sides."

"I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 Head Coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level. I have worked closely with Andy in recent years as a selector and am looking forward to continuing to work together and to build on the progress that has been made with the ODI and T20 sides in recent years," Giles said.

Flower said: "I'm very excited by these changes and very much looking forward to working with Ashley Giles as we look to build on the success England cricket has had in the last few years. The changes in my role will provide me with new challenges and the time to allow me to focus on areas that are important if England cricket is to continually improve.

"These include developing strategies to give us an opportunity for sustaining success in all three formats of the game. The change in role will also allow me to thoroughly plan and prepare for each of our international series whilst spending the right amount of time at home with my young family."

The 39-year-old Giles' first assignment will be on the tour of India where England are scheduled to play two T20 Internationals and five ODIs. Giles is already with the Test team in India in his role as a selector.

England are currently in India, playing a four-match Test series. The series ends later this month and the first of the T20Is begin on December 20.

England will return from India after the T20Is for Christmas and the ODI leg will commence in January, 2013.

Giles, now Warwickshire's director of cricket, played 54 Tests (143 wickets) and 62 ODIs (55 scalps) for England between 1997 and 2006.

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Story first published:  Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 17:43 [IST]
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