Ashley Giles steps down from England role with Andrew Strauss stepping on interim basis


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Giles pays the price for woeful England campaign (Picture: Getty)

Ashley Giles has left his role as the England cricket team director following the humiliating Ashes campaign in Australia.

Andrew Strauss will take over from Giles on an interim basis ahead of the forthcoming tour of West Indies.

The decision comes after England’s harrowing 4-0 defeat to Australia, bringing an end to his three-year spell in charge.

A decision on the future of head coach and Chris Silverwood and his staff is expected to follow.

‘I’d like to thank everyone for the support they’ve given me, particularly all the staff and the players, as well as the Board for giving me this opportunity’, Giles said.

Australia v England - 3rd Test: Day 1

England were dominated in a woeful campaign down under (Picture: Getty)

‘The past couple of years have been incredibly challenging and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to deliver in the toughest of circumstances. This has undoubtedly protected the future of the game in England and Wales.

‘Despite these challenges, over the past three years, we have become 50-over World Champions, the top ranked T20I side in the world, we remain 4th ranked Test team and our under 19s have just reached the World Cup final for the first time in 24 years. I wish all our players and staff great success for the future.

‘I’m now looking forward to spending some time with my family before looking at the next challenge.’

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: ‘I’m extremely grateful to Ashley for his commitment and contribution to England men’s cricket over the last three years.

‘Under his leadership the teams have scored some notable results, most memorably the dramatic victory in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, while dealing with some of the most challenging times English cricket has ever been through.

‘He’s highly respected throughout the game and has made a huge contribution to the ECB and England Men’s cricket.

‘Off the back of a disappointing men’s Ashes this winter we must ensure we put in place the conditions across our game to enable our Test team to succeed.’

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