Giles named ODI coach

Andy Flower is handing over responsibility for England's one-day and Twenty20 sides, with Ashley Giles named as head coach by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.

Flower will continue as England Team Director and will remain in charge of the Test team but will take a back seat in limited-overs cricket after five years at the helm.

Giles, an England selector since 2008, will take charge of the side for the first time on the tour of India and New Zealand in January and February.

“England cricket has enjoyed considerable success over the past five years,” ECB managing director Hugh Morris said in a statement.

“In order to build on that success we know that we need to look for ways to evolve and it has become clear that the Team Director role needs to change if we are to ensure we are utilising the role as effectively as possible.

“Bringing in a head coach for the ODI and T20 formats allows the Team Director more time to plan for forthcoming series and tournaments and also have a more realistic and sustainable work life balance.”

Flower, 44, said part of the reason for the change was to spend more time with his family.

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