Ashley Giles: Lancashire make ex-England coach cricket director

Ashley Giles
Giles has been out of cricket since being overlooked for the England head coach job in April

Lancashire have appointed ex-England one-day coach Ashley Giles as their new cricket director and head coach.

The 41-year-old replaces Mike Watkinson, who stepped down as cricket director on Monday, ending a 32-year association with the Red Rose county.

After his spell as England limited-overs coach, Giles was overlooked in favour of Peter Moores as the national team's head coach.

"I am thrilled by the prospect of coaching Lancashire," Giles said.

The career of Ashley Giles
1993 - Makes first-class and one-day debuts for Warwickshire2007 - Named Warwickshire's director of cricket and then spin bowling coach for the England Performance squad
1997 - England ODI debut v Australia and fails to take a wicket (0-48) at The Oval2008 - Appointed to England selection panel
1998 - England Test debut v South Africa, takes 1-106 at Old Trafford2012 - Wins County Championship with Warwickshire in September and appointed England limited-overs head coach in November
2000 - Career-best first-class figures of 8-90 against Northamptonshire2014 - In charge for England's World T20 campaign, which culminated in a 45-run defeat by Netherlands
2005 - Takes 10 wickets in successful Ashes campaign as England win the series 2-12014 - Misses out on England head coach job to Peter Moores and quits as England selector

"I cannot wait to work with the players and staff."

Giles, who played in 54 Tests and was a member of England's 2005 Ashes-winning side, was last involved in cricket during England's World Twenty20 campaign in Bangladesh in March where they failed to progress beyond the group stage, and bowed out with a shock 45-run defeat by Netherlands.

Before his stint with the national side, he was appointed Warwickshire's director of cricket in 2007 and led the Bears to the County Championship in 2012, having won the CB40 two years earlier.

He inherits a Lancashire side relegated to Division Two of the Championship after only one season in the first division.

"It is our intention to return to Division One but our main aim is to create something both successful and sustainable, which a club with such an incredible history deserves," added Giles, who last month helped set a world record for the highest game of cricket ever played, at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Glen Chapple, who took control of Lancashire's first team last season after Moores left the county, combining it with his duties as captain, will stay on to assist with coaching.

The 40-year-old seamer had expressed an interest in taking the head coach role with the Red Rose, but also said he felt he could play on for another season.

Matthew Hoggard and Ashley Giles
Giles hit the winning runs as England beat Australia in the fourth Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 2005
Ashley Giles
Giles took 143 wickets in his 54-Test career
Ashley Giles
He guided Warwickshire to to the Division One County Championship title in 2012
Ashley Giles
Giles (left) fielded at slip during a charity match at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro last month

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