Ashley Giles has not given up on coaching, but is taking time away from the nets after being demoralised by his England rejection.
Giles told The Guardian that he is in “no rush” to return to the game having been turned down for the national job and is currently focusing on punditry.
The former Warwickshire spinner openly put himself in the frame for the post that was eventually filled by Peter Moores, but his cause was not helped by the fact that he presided over England’s disastrous performance in the T20 World Cup. The Three Lions crashed out of the tournament in a manner typical of their winter, with a humiliating defeat to the Netherlands.
Hampshire batsman Michael Carberry likewise did his best to ensure Giles was not appointed, questioning his man-management after the Ashes and insisting that the exiled Kevin Pietersen had actually been far more helpful to newcomers to the England side.
Giles may have simply lost out because the ECB favoured having one coach across all formats of the game, but it is unsurprising that the 41-year-old has opted to take some time away after his reputation was ravaged by his involvement in England’s traumatic tour of Australia and their pitiful performances in limited overs games since.
It has not scarred him permanently, however, as he plans to make a coaching come back in the county game, and could well return to Warwickshire where he took his first job after retirement as the Bears’ director of cricket.
To England’s detriment is that Giles would have been a useful presence on the selection panel, who are now faced with replacing the almost irreplaceable Graeme Swann, who walked away mid-Ashes once England’s defeat was secured. His deposition has not stopped Giles having an opinion on Swann’s successor, though, as he encouraged those he left behind to be more accepting of unorthodox spinners. Giles believes England have been too quick to disparage unorthodox bowling styles, like those of Sri Lanka legend Muttiah Muralitharan or Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal.
The ECB will now have to make their decisions without Giles, and may therefore regret the acrimonious manner in which his departure was handled. He stepped down as a selector after Moores was brought back for a second spell, despite his past shortcomings in the international game.
Giles is not the only one to have been culled in England’s new dawn, with fellow legend Graham Gooch being sacked after a meeting with Moores and Captain Alistair Cook. When Giles returns to coaching, his fortunes will reveal whether or not he was a cause of merely a symptom of England’s dramatic decline.
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