Is Ashley Giles Good Enough to Coach England?

16 Apr
Ashley Giles’ hopes to be the next England coach took a hammering in Bangladesh: losses to New Zealand, South Africa and then the whimpering failure to the Netherlands have all conspired against him. So with the ECB today interviewing candidates for the role vacated by Andy Flower, I ask – is Giles good enough to coach England?

Firstly it is necessary to concede that he has not been dealt a generous hand during his time as England’s limited overs head coach. Consistently he has led tours with a veritable 2nd XI as ECB ordered rest periods or, in one instance, a retirement has whittled down the list of players he has had at his disposal. Regularly without James Anderson, Graeme Swann and recently Kevin Pietersen, England’s best ODI player, Giles has had to turn to Boyd Rankin, Stephen Parry and Moeen Ali rather too early than would have been ideal both for Giles and the players.
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