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Giles: England snub was bitter blow

Salisbury Journal: Ashley Giles is bitterly disappointed to have lost out on the role of England head coach Ashley Giles is bitterly disappointed to have lost out on the role of England head coach

Ashley Giles was "bitterly disappointed" to be overlooked for the England head coach's job.

Peter Moores was chosen as the man to lead the team, even though Giles had appeared to be a front-runner for the role having been the national coach in limited-overs cricket since November 2012.

However, a poor showing in Australia followed by a disastrous defeat to Holland at the World Twenty20 last month saw Giles fall out of favour.

The 41-year-old revealed he had fancied his chances ahead of the interview process.

"I was confident (of getting the job)," he told Sky Sports.

"I went into the interview and thought I had as equal a chance as anyone else, if not a better chance having been close to the team and known what the systems are and, at the same time, not really had full control.

"I can't go into too much detail about that process, but I'm bitterly disappointed I didn't get the job.

"At no time or stage does that mean I wish anyone in that side any ill going forward. We all want England to do well."

Giles does not believe that former Lancashire head coach Moores will bring anything radically different to the table to what he would have himself.

He added: " I don't think there was much difference in terms of vision (between the candidates). We all want England to play with a certain pride and passion, you want them to be very professional.

"Cricket is a game of skill and your skills have to be better than the opposition. You can play with as much passion and as much Englishness as you want but ultimately you've got to be better than the opposition.

"You've got to score more runs and take more wickets and that is planning in the nets, planning against opposition, that's making yourself as good as you possibly can. It's all quite simple things in the big picture. Ultimately it's about England doing well."

Giles conceded England's performance against Holland in the T20 World Cup - which is believed to have ultimately convinced the ECB to look elsewhere for their new head coach - was "meek and timid" but feels the team's showing in Bangladesh was better than they have been given credit for.

After opening with a controversial defeat to New Zealand, where the game was called off due to a thunderstorm and torrential rain just after the Black Caps had moved ahead on Duckworth-Lewis, England beat reigning champions and eventual winners Sri Lanka after successfully chasing 190 to win.

They then fell an agonising three runs short of overhauling South Africa's 196, which eliminated them from the competition, before the embarrassing 45-run defeat to Holland, when Giles' side were bowled out for just 88.

"It was a really meek and timid performance (but) the messages (to the team) were very clear," said Giles.

"I think I've taken a bit of stick for saying we did everything we normally did, we warmed-up well and were ready to go. It's not just about warming up but it's about performing.

"It was disappointing as at times in the World Cup we actually put in some really good performances. We were the only side to beat the world champions, South Africa probably scored a few too many but we almost chased that 190 down and New Zealand, barring the lightning and that crazy couple of overs before it, it could have been a different picture.

"Unfortunately, again, not for a moment can you take your eye off the game as it will come back and bite you."

Giles would not be pressed on the matter of Kevin Pietersen's departure from the England set-up, citing it was " one of those things I can't really talk about."

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