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Giles enjoys revenge on Kiwis

Ashley Giles exorcised a demon from his playing days when England secured back-to-back series wins in New Zealand.

Victory in the third one-day international in Queenstown gave Giles' side a 2-1 success to match their winning scoreline in the Twenty20 series.

And it left the coach to reflect on an achievement which proved elusive during his playing days.

Giles, whose reign began with defeat in India, said: "It's a very proud moment. I played here in 2002, and we got beaten.

"We always knew India would be a difficult challenge. Losing 3-2, you can't say it was a good result, but it's better than ODI results of late there.

"There were some positive signs from a side that probably didn't have our most senior players in it.

"Coming here, we knew New Zealand would be very difficult to beat, on their home soil. They like to play it up that they're always the underdogs, even here.

"But they play a very tough form of cricket, and have some very good cricketers. So to win both series is great for me, and the team have worked very hard as well.

"To have gone 1-0 down in this series and come back and win it is very impressive. The performances, particularly with the ball in the last two games, have been outstanding."