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Giles: I believe I'm the man

Ashley Giles believes his credentials have not been damaged by England's defeat to Holland in the ICC World Twenty20, insisting he remains keen to be appointed as the long-term successor to Andy Flower.

Following an Ashes whitewash in the winter, Flower stepped down as team director and was re-posted as the England and Wales Cricket Board's technical director of elite coaching.

Since November 2012 former England spinner Giles has presided over the limited overs sides, but the decision has been taken to have just one man in charge for all formats in the future.

New ECB managing director Paul Downton has set an April deadline for the appointment of a new coach and Giles remains keen to fill the role.

"I believed I was 24 hours ago, I'm not sure that one performance has changed my mind," he told Sky Sports after watching England slide to an embarrassing 45-run defeat in their final World Twenty20 outing.

"You have bad days at the office and this is a real bad one. I still believe I can do the job for England, it's for other people to decide eventually if I can or not."

Embarrassing

In losing to the Dutch on Monday, England posted a new low score a full Test nation against an Associate nation and it was their second defeat at the hands of their fellow European nation, having also lost at Lord's in 2009.

Only three batsmen crossed the double-figure threshold as England sunk to 88 all out in Chittagong, with Giles believing there was an air of complacency about their display. He also offered an apology to the fans for an "ugly" end to the tournament.

"Today was pretty embarrassing, and complacent," he added. "It was a poor poor performance.

"None of us are very happy. I've not spoken to the team yet but I'll be giving them very clear messages when we get together.

"With all due respect to the Dutch we shouldn't be losing to them. We're too good a side.

"It was ugly in the end, and embarrassing. All we can do is apologise to everyone at home."