Coach Giles warns Eng players, says nobody is safe

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Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 10:37 [IST]
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Mohali, Jan 22: After losing the second and third ODI to India, England captain Alastair Cook and coach Ashley Giles hinted at a few changes ahead of the Mohali ODI to be played on Wednesday.

With the entire team struggling to perform, Coach Ashley Giles has also warned the English cricketers not to take their places for granted as 'nobody is safe' and has urged them to perform in the remaining ODIs against India.

Nobody is safe, Giles tells Eng players

"I don't think anyone is locked into the team. Things do change but it's important I see everyone," Giles was quoted as saying by Mirror.

Since the top order has been expose a couple of times in the series, it looks like the English team will undergo a few changes ahead of the team's fourth ODI against India at Mohali on Wednesday.

"We got battered in Ranchi, but in a couple of days time we have to come back and go again and for me at least we're learning things about people who are here," Giles added.

"It's easy to identify one or two players who might be in the firing line, that always happens, but we need all our guys to stand up and we need the senior guys to stand up as well," said Giles, who has represented England in 54 Tests and 62 ODIs from 1998 to 2005.

With the team's stats not impressive in the series, most likely stumper Craig Kieswetter could be axed for the fourth ODI, followed by his poor show in the last three ODIs.

The 25-year-old wicket-keeper has collected a mere 42 runs in the last three ODIs played against India, with a highest score of 24 at an average of 21.

While most of the English cricketers have disappointed, Kieswetter has been in the danger end. Though the team in total as failed in the ODIs especially after winning the Test series 2-1 in December 2012, looks like a few changes will take place before the Mohali ODI.

Ian Bell has been the highest run-scorer for England in ODIs, with 111 off 3 matches including a highest score of 85 at an average of 37.

Skipper Alastair Cook is the second highest run scorer for England with 109 runs at an average of 36.33.

Kevin Pietersen with 103 runs is ranked third, while Joe Root (75), Samit Patel (74), Eoin Morgan (51) are rated above Craig Kieswetter (42).

Given the performance of the entire English team, batsman have disappointed the team management. Looks like struggling Craig Kieswetter could make way for Jos Buttler for the Mohali ODI.

England finding themselves in a must win situation to save the series, Giles and Cook are leaving no stone unturned for the fourth ODI.


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