• Giles not against splitting coaching role again

    New England and Wales Cricket Board director of cricket Ashley Giles is not necessarily averse to having separate Test and limited-overs coaches.

    England coach Trevor Bayliss, who is preparing for a tour of the Caribbean and won’t extend his tenure beyond the Ashes series against Australia later this year, currently presides over the Test, ODI and T20I team.

    The role was split in 2013 and 2014, when Zimbabwean Andy Flower coached the Test side and Giles the ODI and T20I units.

    ‘I’m hoping to catch up with Trevor over the next couple of days down at the airport before they fly off, but he’s made it pretty clear he’s leaving,’ Giles told Talksport.

    ‘Clearly the new coaching structure is going to be front and centre and there’s a lot to think about. There’s been a lot made of two coaches – one specialist under one head coach. There are a lot of different options and I need some time to look at everything.

    ‘Myself and Andy split the role. I think it can work, absolutely. The challenges of one guy doing it is the workload, especially going into the next couple of years with the World Test Championship and World Twenty20s back-to-back.’

    Giles succeeded former directer of cricket Andrew Strauss last month. Strauss resigned to spend time with his ill wife, Ruth, who has since passed away.

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