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Giles replaces Strauss as England's new director of cricket

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Giles replaces Strauss as England's new director of cricket
FILE PHOTO: England's coach Ashley Giles reacts after England lost the first One-Day International against the West Indies at North Sound in Antigua February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown/File Photo   -   Copyright  Philip Brown(Reuters)

(Reuters) – Former England spinner Ashley Giles has replaced Andrew Strauss as the new Managing Director of England Men’s Cricket, the England and Wales Cricket Board announced on Friday.

Giles, who is Sport Director at Warwickshire, will be responsible for building the coaching and management structure to support the England men’s cricket teams across all formats.

Former England captain Strauss stepped down from his position in October to support his wife Ruth in her fight against cancer.

Giles played 54 tests for England and later worked as a national selector from 2008-2014.

“I am delighted to be joining the ECB and shaping the future of England cricket throughout the men’s game,” the 45-year-old said in a statement.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited about working with some talented people. The legacy left by Andrew Strauss has put the performance programme in a stable place.”

It marks a comeback to the ECB set-up for Giles, after he was sacked as England’s one-day international coach in 2014.

Giles’ credentials will be tested over the next 12 months as England host the 50-over World Cup and the Ashes series against Australia.

The appointment follows a month-long recruitment process led by ECB chief executive Tom Harrison.

“Ashley was the standout candidate amongst a very strong field,” Harrison said.

“He will bring a fresh perspective to the role and build on the excellent work carried out by Andrew Strauss over the past three and a half years.”

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)