London: Ashley Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket who is currently in India as England's selector on tour, has been appointed head coach of the ODI and Twenty20 international teams. Andy Flower will remain England team director and be responsible for the preparation and playing strategies of all three formats, said the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Wednesday.
Giles, a former England player and current national selector, this season oversaw Warwickshire's run to the County Championship title and has over a quick time emerged as the obvious natural successor to Flower, who will continue to have full accountability for England cricket. Flower will also continue to tour with the Test team.
Giles is slated to take charge when England return to India in the New Year for five ODIs, followed by a tour to New Zealand in January and February before the ICC Champions Trophy at home next summer. "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," said the 39-year-old, who played 54 Test matches and 62 ODIs in a career spanning from 1997 to 2006.
In an ECB press released, Hugh Morris, the managing director of 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'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," said Flower, who took over from Peter Moores in January 2009, initially on an interim basis. "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."
Since he was given the job of head coach full-time, Flower has guided England to become ICC World Twenty20 champions at the No. 1 Test team, briefly, as well as helping England to a first series win in Australia for 23 years.