Giles in the running for top England job after another loss

England's Joe Root. Pic: (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard).
England's Joe Root. Pic: (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard).
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England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is “very interested” in replacing the departing Andy Flower as team director.

Giles has been tipped as the man most likely to replace Flower, who announced he was leaving the post on Friday.

New England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) managing director Paul Downton is set to begin the task of finding a successor, with that search set to begin after Giles and the England team return home from Australia on Monday.

“I’d be very interested in doing the job, definitely,” Giles said.

“I’m not going to deny that and I’m sure I will be applying for the post.”

Giles is set to name his squad for the limited-overs tour of the West Indies on Thursday, ahead of the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh in March.

Sheffield’s Joe Root is expected to be named in the travelling party - and Giles has warned the England players to expect plenty of hard work after their nightmare tour.

“We’ve had a pretty big fall during this winter,” he said.

“We’ve got some turning around to do and that starts in the West Indies. We have a lot of hard work to do before Bangladesh otherwise this sort of thing is going to happen again.”

The former Warwickshire coach refused to be drawn into speculation over Kevin Pietersen, with the batsman’s England future currently unclear.

England, meanwhile, ended their nightmare tour Down Under yesterday with an 84-run defeat in Sydney to concede the Twenty20 series 3-0 - their twelfth loss to Australia this winter.

England return to these shores today with just one win under their belts, after suffering whitewashes in both the Test and T20 series.

Australia hit 13 sixes, profiting on short straight boundaries, as they posted 195 for six.Skipper George Bailey completed the innings by taking 26 from Jade Dernbach’s last over as the right-armer returned series figures of one for 141 from 11 overs.

England’s top-order collapsed for the third game running - five of the top six were caught in the deep - with only Eoin Morgan (34) and Root (11) amongst them reaching double figures.

England were bowled out for 111 from 17.2 overs.

The loss meant England remained marooned in eighth place in the shortest format’s rankings, a place above Ireland, with the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh six weeks away.