Geoffrey Boycott says he's rattled by Ashley Giles' tactics

Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott feels their new coach Ashley Giles is very similar to Alastair Cook in thinking but stressed that the team needs a different man as skipper if they want to get back to winning ways.

updated: April 11, 2014 19:09 IST
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Geoffrey Boycott opened a scathing attack on coach Ashley Giles after England's continued dismal showing over the last five months, a series of defeats that began with the Ashes debacle in Australia. Boycott, a former England captain, who is now a well-respected commentator, is not known to mince words and targeted Giles over his tactics after the English were blown away from the ICC World T20, where they failed to qualify for the last-four and finished the tournament with a humiliating loss to minnows Netherlands.

Giles has been in charge of the limited overs side for a while now and is widely tipped to take over as head coach after Andy Flower bowed out following the whitewash Down Under. However, Boycott insisted the former left-arm spinner was clearly not the man to take England to the next level, especially with strong challenges from Sri Lanka and India scheduled in the coming months.

"For some time, I've watched the way he's gone about handling the ODI game. He's been in charge for a while now and I've never really understood or enjoyed or appreciated some of his team selections," Boycott told ESPN Cricinfo. "I'm not against him just because they lost to Netherlands in the World T20, which was pretty poor, it's an overall view. "

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