Ashley Giles completes dramatic return to the top of English cricket as ECB announces former spinner as director of cricket
- Four years after being fired by the ECB, Ashley Giles returned to the sheepfold
- The ex-spinner was identified as a preferred choice to succeed Andrew Strauss
- Strauss fell off as director of cricket in October due to family reasons
Paul Newman for MailOnline
Ashley Giles returned to the top of the English cricket on Friday and had to decide whether to restore the two-man coaching system that once cost him his job at the helm of the one-day one-day countries.
Giles, 45, made a remarkable comeback when he was confirmed as successor to Andrew Strauss as managing director of England four and a half years after one of his predecessors in Paul Downton told him that he would not replace Andy Flower as a test coach.
The former spear-thrower from England became an unfortunate victim of the bitter fall-out that followed the squatting of 2013-14 when he was overlooked in favor of Peter Moores, although he had done little wrong as a coach with white balls.
Ashley Giles has succeeded Andrew Strauss as the director of the ECB's cricket
Strauss has played a role in choosing his replacement and holds Giles high on the list
Now, after he started a different career path and sports director in Warwickshire after obtaining a master's degree in sports directors, his priority is finding the right successor – or successors – of Trevor Bayliss when he leaves after the next World Cup and Ash of the summer.
The probability is that Giles, who Sportsmail identified as the early favorite to succeed Strauss on the day he resigned, recognizes the need for two people to deal with an ever-growing match list just as England employs two captains.
Paul Farbrace has been the strong right hand of Bayliss in his time with England and will be a strong candidate to fulfill at least one of the vacancies – probably the old white ball court of Giles – while the Pakistani coach Mickey Arthur as a favorite for the test role to could come forward.
Giles, a popular figure in cricket, also has to solve the financial mess that is the result of the ill-considered decision by the ECB to invent a new form of the game in The Hundred and is confronted with breaking the successful England. Pathway Program.
Former test spinner Giles won 54 caps and was a member of the Ashes-winning team of 2005
The former coach of Warwickshire and Lancashire was the excellent candidate to fill the big shoes that Strauss had released for family reasons when the two best brains of the English cricket in Nasser Hussain and Mike Atherton announced they were not interested.
ECB would have considered the credentials of Flower, now head of the Lions program, England women's director Clare Connor and Pakistan's new CEO, Wasim Khan, but they all decided they would not take what was a huge job.
& # 39; The legacy left behind by Andrew Strauss has put the performance program on a stable place & # 39 ;, Giles said in a statement. It is fundamental that I facilitate the great work that is being done, achieving our goals and helping our sport achieve great things.
I think it's important for the game to have a strong international set-up that shows many promises in what will be an important year for our red and white ball teams. & # 39;