Giles ready to get going
Ashley Giles does not expect a honeymoon period in his new role as England's one-day coach and admits his side are up against it in India.
Giles has taken over England's 50- and 20-over sides in a move designed to ease the burden on team director Andy Flower, who will focus on the Test squad, and takes charge of his first one-day international in Rajkot on Friday.
It is a tough assignment for the 39-year-old, who earned his coaching spurs by taking Warwickshire to last season's LV= County Championship.
On their last two tours of India, England have lost 5-0 and have only won a series in the country once - in 1984/85.
Giles' own record in India is actually a positive one, with two wins from three matches, but he is under no illusions about the challenge of reversing that trend, especially after losing both warm-up matches in Delhi.
"Let's not beat around the bush, it is a huge challenge but one the guys should be looking forward to," said Giles.
"There will be good and bad times and honeymoon periods don't necessarily last too long.
"We've come here the last two times and lost them both 5-0. We've only won one in 18 here so percentages would say we're up against it, but we're here to win games of cricket.
"We're here to develop and find out more about these guys and if at the end of it we lose the series and each player has moved on 5% through the experience then we're doing our jobs."
Giles' task is made all the harder by the list of absentees for this month.
Three of England's most experienced one-day players - Jonathan Trott, James Anderson and Graeme Swann - are all rested, Stuart Broad's heel injury has ruled him out of the first three matches and Jonny Bairstow is at home on compassionate leave.
Giles is not concerned about his side's relative inexperience, though, instead viewing it as a learning period for all concerned.
"The Test team before Christmas was full of guys who had played a lot of cricket, when you have some guys who are lacking experience you need your big guys to step up," he said.
"My job is to take this team forward and that might take time. We are going to look at different players. There are big tournaments coming up where we would hope to have our 'A team' all the time, but in between we need to look at some of the younger guys because they are our future.
"We have to look after our cricketers, particularly with the amount of cricket we have coming up.
"In the next 12-18 months it is imperative we look after our best players, both physically and mentally.
"If that means occasionally resting them or rotating them out of the side then that is the way it will be.
"But wherever there is injury, or rest, or rotation there is opportunity and it's up to the young guys to show what they can do."
The series also pits Giles against his former England coach Duncan Fletcher, now in charge of India.
Fletcher was one of Giles' greatest allies and the pair were both involved in England's famous 2005 Ashes win.
"I had a good relationship with Duncan and I don't see why that should change overnight," said Giles.
"We both have jobs to do and we will try to do them to the best of our ability. Duncan was influential in my career and one of the reasons I probably went into coaching.
"He was loyal to me. That doesn't mean I'm going to give him the series though."