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Ashley Giles backs inexperienced side

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England one-day coach Ashley Giles is confident his inexperienced side can still win their five-match one-day international series against Australia.

The third instalment takes place on Wednesday at Edgbaston following a convincing 88-run victory for the Aussies at Old Trafford on Sunday.

With the first match being washed out in Leeds, England currently trail the series 1-0 and there seemed to be a significant gulf in class between the sides in Manchester.  

However, when questioned on the balance of his side the former England spinner insisted there was quality enough to record a series win.

"I've heard a lot about the balance of the side," said Giles.

"Ben [Stokes] is playing as a third seamer and is an improving bowler, has good skills, can bowl mid 80s upwards and has that potential to do that job on its own.

"Otherwise the balance is what we played at the Champions Trophy when we were very successful.

"Before the Champions Trophy, against New Zealand we played five specialist bowlers and that didn't really work and that's when we brought Ravi [Bopara] back into the side and since that time he's had a fantastic run in the side so I don't think we're just fiddling overs.

"But when you've got inexperience in the side you're going to have to suffer some pain occasionally to get some gain and that's what we're getting. Saying that, there's no reason why this team can't win these games of cricket.

"It was an exceptional batting performance by Australia the other day [in Manchester], we didn't get a wicket for about 22 overs and they played [James] Tredwell extremely well in the middle. There were a lot of reasons why we lost that game, not just inexperience."

In 2013 England have won nine and lost nine of their completed ODIs having won 12 and lost only two last year.

To win the series against Australia they may well have to win all of the remaining three matches which take place in Birmingham, Cardiff and Southampton.   

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