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Knight: Giles is ready for role

Former England opener Nick Knight has denied suggestions Ashley Giles' appointment as limited overs head coach has come too soon.

Giles was today named to take over the shorter formats in a restructure that will see team director Andy Flower concentrate on Test matches.

The move means that Giles, 39, will lead some of his former team-mates including Alastair Cook, Jimmy Anderson and the recalled Kevin Pietersen when he takes over for the first time in a five-match ODI series against India in January.

Giles played his last England match during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in 2006 but has since distinguished himself as a coach with Warwickshire, culminating in winning the LV= County Championship last season.

And Knight believes Giles' time as the Bears' director of cricket will ensure he would step back into the England dressing-room with the required respect to make his mark.

"There will be those out there that will say it is too soon for a former player who has played with the guys to be taking charge," he told Sky Sports News.

"I don't have a problem with that. He's been away from international cricket for a long enough period now and he's done his time in county cricket.

"He's worked with Andy Flower importantly and Hugh Morris and the players themselves. I don't see it being a problem."

Knight believes that Giles' appointment could be the precursor to him taking the job on full-time further down the road.

For now, however, he does not envisage Flower stepping aside despite the restructure - which sees the Zimbabwean retain "accountability for the results of England cricket" - highlighting the 44-year-old's desire to dilute the burden of a heavy international schedule.

"Ashley Giles has half an eye, I presume, on being the overall guru as well as Test match cricket and one-day cricket," Knight said.

"No doubt that relationship with Andy Flower will develop and evolve over time.

"I'm sure Andy Flower is very aware and wants to keep the position himself as long as possible. But he has a young family and he wants to mix and balance the time with the team."