Cook backs new ODI coach Giles to guide Eng in ‘own way’ during India series
London: England captain Alastair Cook has said new one-day coach Ashley Giles would have to lead the team is his own way and not check everything with the team director, Andy Flower during their upcoming fifty-over series against India.
England will play five one-day matches on the subcontinent, beginning in Rajkot on 11 January, but Flower will remain at home while Giles flies to India, the Guardian reports.
It is the first time an international cricket team has appointed different head coaches for different forms of the game.
Flower retains his authority over the Test side after their recent series win in India and will oversee Giles in an ambitious move by the England managing director, Hugh Morris, aimed at reducing the Zimbabwean`s heavy workload.
Cook said changes are ought to come in the team with the change of personnel, as Giles would have his own ways, which would be different to Flower’s style.
Cook added England had some really good results over the last 12 months and Giles would be keen to add new things and build it further.
England’s one-day and Test captain added that it`s important that he, Giles and Flower keep interacting and build a strong relationship. Cook added that it’s important he gets used to Giles’ ways and they construct a better understand of each other for the betterment of the team.
England will be without Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow in India while Kevin Pietersen will be absent for the T20 series with New Zealand that begins in Auckland on 9 February.
Stuart Broad, the T20 captain, is expected to return from a heel injury for the fourth and fifth ODIs in India before the New Zealand tour.