Giles 'very interested' in job

Ashley Giles has confirmed he is "very interested" in applying for the role of England team director following Andy Flower's decision to stand down.

Speaking after England had lost the final Twenty20 against Australia in Sydney, Giles said he had already spoken to new England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton following recent developments.

Flower announced on Friday that he would be leaving his post following the 5-0 Ashes series defeat, though he is set to remain with the ECB in another role.

"I'd be very interested in doing the job, definitely," Giles said after the defeat at ANZ Stadium, a result that meant England had a 1-12 record on the tour.

"I'm not going to deny that and I'm sure I will be applying for the post. I've not given him (Downton) my CV yet.

"At the end of the day I think it is important that I control what is coming up in the next couple of months.

"If I have to put an application in over the next couple of weeks then I'll think about that and get it done."

Giles is currently in charge of England's limited-overs squads, and has overseen series defeats in both the 50-over and 20-over formats against Australia this winter.

He has now won just 15 of his 38 matches since taking charge but will get the opportunity to press his claims in the coming months; England travel to the West Indies for a one-day tour before the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.


"Results will talk as well and I've got a really big series in the West Indies and more importantly the World Cup in Bangladesh," the former England spinner admitted. "Our record in the subcontinent for limited-overs cricket isn't brilliant so it is a good challenge.

"We're pretty much at base level right now. We have a lot of work to do and before that we have a lot of talking to do about which squad we take."

The heavy schedule of limited-overs cricket in the near future offers Downton - who has only just taken up his position within the ECB - the chance to take his time with the decision over who should replace the departed Flower.

Former India and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten would be a strong candidate if he puts his name in the frame, while Nottinghamshire boss Mick Newell has already declared his interest.

"I'm not silly, if it goes out to a process other people are going to apply," Giles said.

"It's one of the biggest jobs in cricket and I'd apply for it because I want to do it. As someone who was very proud to play for England I've been proud to coach the one-day side. To do the whole job would be a fantastic opportunity, but it's hard work as well.

"We have a lot of hard work to do before whoever is announced as head coach of this side."