Cricket: Giles warns England batting flops

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Ashley Giles has told his England side India will “walk all over” them if they do not improve quickly.

Giles enjoyed a dream start as England’s limited-overs coach, with the tourists winning the first one-day international in Rajkot

But things have veered off track in a big way since then, with two resounding defeats putting the home side firmly in control with two matches to go in the Airtel Series.

England have struggled most obviously with the bat, being bowled out in Kochi for 158 and three fewer in Saturday’s surrender in Ranchi, with Sheffield youngster Joe Root top-scoring with 39.

Giles pulled no punches in his assessment of the last two matches.

“The guys all felt pretty low,” he said. “We’re not going to win too many games with 150.”

Whether all of those who went down in Ranchi will have the chance to make amends is doubtful. Spare batsman Jos Buttler could be handed the wicketkeeping gloves in place of the out-of-form Craig Kieswetter, while the misfiring Jade Dernbach is under pressure from Stuart Meaker.