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Ashley Giles keen to make a mark at home during ICC Champions Trophy

It is a prelude to the Ashes series and there is a huge summer of cricket coming up in England and hopefully we can start it well, says Giles

Ashley Giles keen to make a mark at home during ICC Champions Trophy - Cricket News
Ashley Giles.
Ashley Giles is determined to make up for personal disappointment this summer by leading England to ICC Champions Trophy glory and in the process end a long wait for international 50-over success in this country.

England have never won a ICC tournament in the 50-over format, although current limited-overs head coach Giles and the class of 2004 came close nine years ago only to lose by two wickets against the West Indies in the final.

It is my first international competition in England as coach and with the World Cup coming up in 2015 it is a good opportunity to pit ourselves against the best sides in the world

Ashley Giles
Giles has never forgotten that game, but will have a chance to right that wrong this summer when the best eight teams in one-day international cricket arrive in England for the ICC Champions Trophy, which gets underway on June 6. The competition, which will be staged at three venues, Edgbaston, the Cardiff Wales Stadium and The Oval with England facing off against New Zealand, Sri Lanka and old foes Australia in Group A.

And while Giles wouldn't be drawn on any bold predictions on how his men will fare this summer he admitted the chance to avenge his 2004 frustration would be on his mind from the moment the first ball is bowled against Australia at Edgbaston on June 8.

"We had the ICC Champions Trophy here in England back in 2004 and we played really good cricket throughout. We beat Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston and then lost to the West Indies in the final at the Oval," said Giles, who was appointed England limited-overs head coach in November 2012.

"I think it was a competition we felt we should have won after a really good season of international cricket and there was a real disappointment after that final having never won a 50-over competition before.

"Every game you go in to win but the chance to win a 50-over competition in England is huge. It is my first international competition in England as coach and with the World Cup coming up in 2015 it is a good opportunity to pit ourselves against the best sides in the world.

"We have an opportunity this year but a lot of things have to go well before that, one of them playing good cricket."

Giles has settled quickly in to his role as England's limited-overs head coach, winning both the Twenty20 and ODI series in New Zealand earlier this year as well as narrowly losing the 50-over series in India and drawing the T20 mini-series 1-1. And with a huge summer of cricket to come for England, which includes the Ashes, Giles is determined to get things right in the shorter form of the game to set up a summer never to forget.

"To get that balance right is sometimes difficult and that is part of my job leading up to the competition," he added. "It is important for us to lay a marker down against Australia and it would be nice to do it here at Edgbaston. It will be my first return to the ground for a match since I left at Christmas so that would be a good day.

"It is always a balancing act between the tournaments you are in so the objective was to win in India which we didn't do and then to win the T20s and ODIs in New Zealand which we did.

"The good thing for me was that I got the opportunity to look at the players and get to know them better. I saw a wide spectrum of players and in reflection you have to be happy at the guys we have got at our disposal.

"This is a world tournament where the best teams of the world are coming here. Hopefully the sun comes out and we can see some good cricket matches and some England wins.

"It is a prelude to the Ashes series and there is a huge summer of cricket coming up in England and hopefully we can start it well." 

See what Ashley Giles, South Africa's Morne Morkel and Pakistan's Umar Gul have to say about the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 and their predictions for the tournament See the best eight teams in one-day international cricket take part in the ICC Champions Trophy from 6-23 June at The Oval, Cardiff and Edgbaston - tickets are available now at www. icc-cricket.com or call 0844 249 2013

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