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Giles wants to build on promising start
Ashley Giles is beginning to come to terms with his new role as England's limited-overs coach after a challenging first series in India that ended in a 3-2 defeat.
Giles left his job at Warwickshire to take the reins of England's one-day and Twenty20 sides. England's last two series in the country ended in 5-0 defeats and Giles' task was made all the harder by the decision to rest key trio Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Jonathan Trott.
"I guess you couldn't have got a much tougher start here, but I've enjoyed it," said Giles, who on Monday joined nine players in jetting straight to New Zealand to prepare for a trip that includes three T20s and three ODIs before team director Andy Flower returns for the Test series.
He added: "When I first came in I was a little nervous, almost not myself. I feel more relaxed now and going to New Zealand I feel I can be more myself. On reflection if I'd been offered 3-2 maybe I would have taken it.
"As a coach you look at those windows (of opportunity) when maybe you could have won the series but it's important that going forward we keep building on the good things and work on the things we missed out on."
Giles will soon face an important decision on the make up of his Champions Trophy outfit and he has just three more games with the 50-over side before he must name his 15-man squad. While three specialist seamers and a spinner were deemed sufficient in India, Giles suggested that in the future there would be room for one more specialist in the attack.
"The balance will be something we look at in New Zealand because conditions will be similar to the Champions Trophy," he said. "We might need to play four seamers and a spinner in the Champions Trophy. It's always that balance between what you can score and what you can save."
Anderson, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad would be the first-choice seamers, with Tim Bresnan a likely fourth provided he is available again following specialist advice on his troublesome right elbow.
In his absence Chris Woakes, a Giles favourite from Warwickshire, has been handed a chance to nail down the position. But he has not closed the door on the bold move of adding James Tredwell as a second spinner following his superb displays as Swann's understudy this month.
"I wouldn't say it's a non-starter. I think it is worth talking about because they are two of our best bowlers in one-day international cricket," he said. "Conditions for the Champions Trophy will have to be seen but I can't see a place where they won't both be in the squad."