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Ashley Giles insists England were right to blood young players in NatWest Series

Ashley Giles: Encouraged by performance of younger players

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Ashley Giles has defended England's decision to give young players a chance to shine in the NatWest Series defeat to Australia.

Michael Clarke's side clinched a 2-1 series victory after a convincing 49-run win in Monday's decider at the Ageas Bowl, a result which England coach Giles admitted was "tough to take".

The home side had attracted widespread criticism for resting several star players including captain Alastair Cook and pace spearheads James Anderson and Stuart Broad for the entire five-match series.

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But Giles believes the emergence of the likes of Ben Stokes and Boyd Rankin were encouraging signs for their preparations for the 2015 ICC World Cup.

"It was a tough defeat to take," Giles told Sky Sports News. "We lost wickets up front with the bat.

"Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler looked like they might get us close, but at the end of the day it wasn't enough and to lose 2-1 is disappointing.

"But we've learnt a lot throughout this series from the experience of a lot of these young guys coming in and I think it'll be valuable for them going forwards.

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"Ben Stokes, we have asked a lot of as third seamer, but it's a role he has stepped up to the mark with. To get five-for against Australia is brilliant for him and he showed glimpses with the bat as well.

"Ben is someone who has been on the radar for a couple of years and people are starting to talk about him, I think he's a really exciting cricketer and there's a lot more to come from him with bat and ball.

"We just need to be careful we aren't pushing them too hard, it still takes time and the experience of playing. But so far so good on the report card."

Giles was also impressed with Chris Jordan's debut in Southampton, where the Sussex paceman took 3-51 from his 10 fiery overs.

"Jordan, on debut, the way he bowled, the aggression he showed, the pace he bowled is something that we wouldn't have found out about if we hadn't rested some of the big guys. He, for one, will be really chuffed that we did."

The most impressive bowler on show at Southampton though was Boyd Rankin, the Warwickshire and former Ireland fast bowler, and Giles admitted he has given the selectors food for thought ahead of the tour of Australia.

"Boyd is 6'10" or something, a huge man, and he bowls at a good rate of knots. We tend to like our tall fast bowlers," Giles said.

"Going to Australia, playing on those wickets, those attributes are important."