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The ECB today announced the appointment of former England international and Warwickshire Director of Cricket Ashley Giles as England ODI and T20 Head Coach.
Andy Flower will remain as England Team Director and will continue to be responsible for the preparation and playing strategies for the England men's cricket teams supported by Ashley Giles. The change in structure will provide a more efficient and sustainable use of coaching resources, ensuring that both coaches have an opportunity to prepare thoroughly for each series as well as interacting more regularly with other important areas of England cricket.
Andy Flower will have accountability for the results of England cricket and will continue to tour with the England Test side during both home and away series but will no longer be responsible for the day to day leadership of the England ODI and T20 sides.
As England ODI and T20 Head Coach Ashley Giles will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the England ODI and T20 teams, and will be accountable to Andy Flower for the results of these teams. Giles will report directly to the England Team Director and together they will develop playing strategies to move England cricket forward in all formats of the game.
Both Andy Flower and Ashley Giles will remain England selectors and they will use the time they have away from international cricket to not only prepare and plan for upcoming series but also establish close links with the First Class County Directors of Cricket and Head Coaches.
Ashley Giles will take charge of the side for the first time on the tour of India and New Zealand in January and February before turning his focus to the ICC Champions Trophy next summer.
Hugh Morris, MD England Cricket, said: "England cricket has enjoyed considerable success over the past five years. 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.
"Andy Flower has played a central role in the successes we have enjoyed in England cricket in the last few years and will continue to be responsible for the development and implementation of the strategies needed to ensure we continue to improve.
"I am delighted that Ashley Giles will take up the role as England ODI and T20 Head Coach. Ashley has had considerable success as an international player and is a highly respected coach and the players and England management are looking forward to working with him. I would like to thank Warwickshire for allowing Ashley to take on the role immediately which will help with our preparations for the forthcoming ODI series in India, the T20 and ODI matches in New Zealand, and the ICC Champions Trophy next summer. "
Andy Flower, England Team Director said, "I'm very excited by these changes and very much looking forward to working with Ashley Giles as we look to build on the success England cricket has had in the last few years. The changes in my role will provide me with new challenges and the time to allow me to focus on areas that are important if England cricket is to continually improve.
"These include developing strategies to give us an opportunity for sustaining success in all three formats of the game. The change in role will also allow me to thoroughly plan and prepare for each of our international series whilst spending the right amount of time at home with my young family."
Ashley Giles, England ODI and T20 Head Coach, said: "I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 Head Coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level. I have worked closely with Andy in recent years as a selector and am looking forward to continuing to work together and to build on the progress that has been made with the ODI and T20 sides in recent years."
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