Ashley Giles has come out swinging to defend his players amidst increasing scrutiny after suffering a 88-runs thrashing at the hands of Australia on Sunday.

Having dominated the Ashes series earlier this summer, England have so far failed to translate their form in to the one-day format of the game and go into the third chapter of the five-match series trailing Australia 1-0.

England came under severe criticism from former captain Michael Vaughan who questioned the merits of resting many of the big names and England's performance in the second ODI seemed to justify Vaughan's concerns.

With the first match at Headingley washed out and with only two matches remaining after today's clash at Edgbaston, Giles has reiterated his belief that his players can turn the series around.

Giles told Sky Sports News: "I've heard a lot about the balance of the side. 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 (runners-up).

"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 and since that time he's had a fantastic run in the side so I don't think we're just fiddling overs," Giles told Sky Sports

"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 (at Old Trafford), 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."

The England ODI coach also admitted his and his team's focus is firmly set on the 2015 World Cup.

"Obviously we want to win the series outright, but there are other successes to be had," said Giles.

"With an inexperienced bowling attack and someone like (Michael) Carberry at the top of the order, we've had an opportunity to look at some young players.

"If we came through the series and they had some success and they'd moved on and improved, it gives us players to look at down the line, with the 2015 World Cup in mind.

"Experience against this Australia side is hugely valuable for them, and for us looking at players."

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