Giles takes over as Lancashire supremo

Ashley Giles with England captain Alastair Cook
Ashley Giles with England captain Alastair Cook
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Former England spinner Ashley Giles is the new head coach at Lancashire Cricket Club, recently relegated from the top flight of the County Championship.

Following the departure of Mike Watkinson from Old Trafford after 32 years as director of cricket, Giles will assume that responsibility.

Giles enjoyed a successful 14-year first class playing career with Warwickshire and made his Test debut for England in 1998, playing in 54 matches, taking 143 wickets, and was part of the famous 2005 Ashes winning team.

He became director of cricket at Edgbaston in 2007 and led Warwickshire to the Division One LV= County Championship in September 2012, Division Two LV=County Championship in 2008, the Clydesdale Bank 40 Cup in 2010 and the Pro 40 Division Two title in 2009.

He was appointed head coach of England’s limited overs squads in 2012, but was passed over in favour of Peter Moores for the full England job earlier in the year.

Lancashire chairman Michael Cairns said: “Ashley Giles is a highly respected and regarded coach with a track record of success in the county game and has a tremendous amount of international experience garnered through a playing and coaching career.

“He is an exceptional candidate for a county like Lancashire and we are delighted to have secured his services.”

Giles himself said: “Lancashire is a massive club with a rich pedigree and history, and I am thrilled by the prospect of coaching them.

“Emirates Old Trafford is a stunning international venue with excellent facilities and I cannot wait to work with the players and staff.

“It is our intention to return to Division One but our main aim is create something both successful and sustainable, which a club with such an incredible history deserves.”

Giles will link up with his new charges immediately.