Ashley Giles will take over as England limited overs head coach, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Wednesday as officials try to ease the burden on team director Andy Flower.
However, the ECB stressed Flower, the former Zimbabwe batsman, will remain team director and “continue to be responsible for the preparation and playing strategies for the England men’s cricket teams supported by Ashley Giles”.
There have been concerns the workload being carried by Flower for the past five-and-a-half-years, which has seen England win home and away Ashes series, could lead to him suffering from ‘burn-out’. Flower will continue to tour with the England Test side during both home and away series but will no longer be responsible for the day to day leadership of the England ODI and T20 sides, with Giles now taking on that responsibility. Flower said in a statement: “I’m very excited by these changes and very much looking forward to working with Ashley Giles as we look to build on the success England cricket has had in the last few years.”AFP