England ODI coach Ashley Giles has defended his selection policy, insisting that giving young players a chance to make their mark in the NatWest series against Australia was the right thing to do.
Following a successful Ashes series, England rested many of their big names for ODI duties and fell to a 2-1 defeat in the series as Michael Clarke's men clinched the fifth and final match of the summer with a impressive 49-run win at the Ageas Bowl.
Giles admitted the result was "tough to take" but remained convinced that the decision to rest the likes of Alastair Cook, James Anderson and Stuart Broad didn't undermine England's chances of success.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Giles said: "It was a tough defeat to take."
"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," continued the England coach.
"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.
"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," explained Giles.
England's decision to enter the series with a relatively young and unexperienced side attracted widespread criticism, but Giles was happy with the debutants' performance, particularly that of Chris Jordan.
"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," said the England coach.
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