London: England’s limited overs head coach Ashley Giles has said that he believes that victory in the ICC Champions Trophy will be a ‘blow’ on the confidence of their Australian rivals and make way for a sure success in the back-to-back Ashes series. England are desperate to strike the first Ashes blow by beating Australia in the first of several meetings over the next 10 months when the fierce rivals meet in the Champions Trophy, which will be the last-ever version of the 50-over tournament.
According to Giles, it is important for England to lay down a marker, which they can do by beating Australia at Edgbaston, adding that a victory will be a good return for him after he left for a break at Christmas in 2012. Stating that he hopes for a good start to the ‘summer of cricket’ in England, Giles said that although England`s sole success in a limited over tournament came in the 2010 ICC World Twenty20, he is confident that they have the qualities to win their first 50-over event. Giles further said that the Champions Trophy will be a good opportunity for them to pit themselves against the best teams in the world ahead of the 2015 World Cup.
Staged at The Oval, and Cardiff Wales Stadium, the hosts begin their campaign against Australia at third venue Edgbaston on Saturday, June 8, which is just a month before the home Ashes series begins.