Giles: Stand by me

Congleton Guardian: Ashley Giles, centre, has made no secret of his desire to be England coach across all three formats Ashley Giles, centre, has made no secret of his desire to be England coach across all three formats

Ashley Giles still believes he is the right man to take on the "biggest job in cricket".

When Giles' team of ICC World Twenty20 hopefuls face West Indies in Sunday's second one-day international, he knows his aspirations to be named head coach next month will once again be on the line.

Friday's frustrating 15-run defeat at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium means England have lost 13 out of 14 matches across the formats this winter.

After their Ashes whitewash, and then Andy Flower's resignation as team director, limited-overs coach Giles was the obvious front-runner to fill the high-profile vacancy.

The former Ashes-winning spinner has overseen eight defeats in England's last nine matches, however - and acknowledges the results in two remaining ODIs here, three Twenty20s in Barbados, and most importantly at the short-format World Cup in Bangladesh will potentially make a decisive difference to his career prospects.

Even so, he will not be compromising on what he believes is best for England - and that is a solid revival.

He said: "One thing I can't do is coach and manage this side right now, with the view of it being a job interview.

"I'm here to get the very best out of the best, to create the right environment - and of course, to win games of cricket for England.

"We are in a rebuilding and development phase ... I have to do what is best for English cricket."

Giles argues that, had his primary motivation been simply to shore up his own position, he could have insisted on a specialist and full-strength ODI squad here - rather than trying to gel together the right team for Bangladesh.

"If I was that concerned about results and this being my job interview, why wouldn't (James) Anderson, (Alastair) Cook and (Ian) Bell be here during this one-day series?

"This is about preparing this side as best we can for Bangladesh, for the World Twenty20."

Giles is determined to be true to himself.

He said: "I'm here to do a job for England. At the moment, I am the only England coach.

"I'm doing that job to the best of my abilities.

"Everyone will have a view about how good a coach I am or I am not.

"I just have to get on with my job, look after these guys and my management team - and together we go forward and try to win games for England."

Giles' luck is out, though - and after injuries to Eoin Morgan (knee) and Alex Hales (thigh), England have decided to call Bell up after all as Twenty20 cover in Barbados.

Giles said: "When you get two injuries - one of them to one of the best one-day players in the world, and maybe our best one-day player Eoin Morgan - then it's going to be tough.

"We've two worries - two very different sorts of players. Belly covers both those sort of areas pretty well.

"He is a world-class player, a world-class fielder and a world-class bloke.

"He wasn't in the original (World Twenty20 squad of) 30 - but with those two different sorts of players and the cover we need and the conditions ... in Bangladesh, Belly has the ability to play all those different roles."

More immediately, as well as nurturing what he hopes will be his players of the future, Giles urgently needs to find a way to win some matches.

England appeared set to do so for much of the first ODI, only to falter alarmingly first with ball and then bat.

"It's always worrying when you lose games of cricket.

"We probably played the best cricket for 70 or 80 overs. It's disappointing to lose from there ...

"A lot of these guys are young and inexperienced, and they need to be placed in these situations time and time again to come through them.

"At different stages we didn't quite get it right, and we can learn from the ways the West Indies did things at the back end of their innings."

All of the above was on the agenda for Saturday's team meeting, but Giles is careful to temper his critique.

"What I don't want to do is go into that meeting and beat the guys up.

"We've another big game tomorrow, and we've got to go and win it.

"I'm not going to change the way I go about things because of what people think.

"My job here is to create a culture, to create an environment, where these guys can learn and they can flourish ...

"We're always judged on those results - but as I've always done as a coach, it's about working from bottom up.

"I believe I can do this job. I'd be very proud to it as well."

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