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Ashley Giles relishing opportunity to coach England's one-day sides

New challenge for Giles

Ashley Giles (R): Will start working with England in India in the New Year

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Newly-appointed one-day head coach Ashley Giles admits it is important that he relieves the burden on Andy Flower to ensure the England team director does not suffer from burnout.

Giles was appointed as limited-overs head coach on Wednesday and will report to Flower when the five-match ODI series against India begins in the sub-continent in the New Year.

Former England and Warwickshire off-spinner Giles led Warwickshire to the Division One title last summer but admits leaving the Bears to coach the national side was an opportunity simply too good to refuse.

He told Sky Sports News HD: "I'm happy to be leaving the club in a very good position, still moving forward and improving but it's a bitter-sweet move because I've loved my time at Edgbaston and it's going to be sad to leave.

"We have got to look after the good people, Andy Flower has done a fantastic job as team director and the longer we can keep the good people the better and hopefully this restructure will do that."

Ashley Giles

"But the opportunity to coach domestically is an exciting one for me and I'm really looking forward to it. When I was offered the opportunity there was no way I could turn it down. I've always been ambitious and I've always held the ambition to coach internationally."

Giles revealed that talks over the potential role only emerged since England went out to India earlier this month to contest the ongoing Test series.

He added: "It's been about three weeks since we first discussed it (the job). I was out in India with the team in a selection capacity and I spoke with (ECB managing director) Huw Morris and Andy Flower about the possibility and the roles and responsibilities and ironing out some of the possible problems.

"From a selection point of view we have looked into resting and rotating some of the players. There are obviously different captains in different forms now which has happened for a while so the next step is the coaches.


"We have got to look after the good people, Andy Flower has done a fantastic job as team director and the longer we can keep the good people the better and hopefully this restructure will do that.

"I will report to Andy Flower as team director but it is important that we work together on strategy for the two teams. I can draw on Andy's experience as team director in all forms to help me in my new role and if push came to shove Andy would have the final say - and that's fine with me."

Giles played 62 ODIs for England and was also in the same 2005 Ashes-winning squad as current international players Kevin Pietersen and James Anderson.

The 39-year-old, while looking forward to his new role, insists he will not be looking to put his own stamp on the side straightaway.

He added: "I've got to get my feet under the table first, I'm not looking to come in and invent the wheel. The team has been going in the right direction over the last few years. Andy has done a fantastic job with all the captains, I need to do things my own way but for a time I need to sit back and watch what's going on.

"I'm looking forward to working closely with (one-day captain) Alastair Cook and (Twenty20 captain) Stuart Broad. My job is to support these guys and take the pressure of captaincy off their shoulders, look after stuff off the field and try and improve their form going forward in all forms of the game."

Giles believes the coaching restructure will also give himself and Flower more opportunities to scout for emerging domestic talent, who may not currently be on the selectors' radar.

"That net might widen as we look to rest and rotate players, so we will get a look at more and more players," he added. "The restructuring will also help myself and Andy get out there into domestic cricket and watch more one-day and for Andy four-day cricket, to see more players coming through.

"There might be players out there who are not involved in the system right now who could play a part in the 2015 World Cup.

"There is a long-term view but you have got to keep an eye on the results in the short-term. My job as head coach of the ODI and Twenty20 sides is to help the team get results but we have got to be building towards the World Cup."

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