Ashley Giles calls his mate Michael Vaughan 'harsh' for dig at selection

Coach knocks former captain for criticising squad ahead of third ODI against Australia

As players, Ashley Giles and Michael Vaughan were joined at the hip. If one was absent when both were in the England side the other inevitably felt that something was missing. The reunions were almost touching.

But being good pals not only means being able to say you're sorry but also telling each other a home truth or two, and today Giles, now the England one-day coach, informed Vaughan, now one of the classier pundits, that he was not best pleased.

Their disagreement was about the composition of the squad for the NatWest one-day series in which England will attempt to draw level with Australia in the third match at Edgbaston today – though the weather forecast unfortunately is distinctly unpromising. After the opening game was abandoned because of rain, the tourists had a thumping win against a depleted England at Old Trafford on Sunday.

When the squad was announced, Vaughan tweeted that ticket holders should receive a partial refund since five first-choice players were being rested. His implication was that spectators might not have bothered had they known that Alastair Cook, the captain, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson would all be absent along with the injured Tim Bresnan. Giles, however, saw it differently.

"It's harsh – I think it was said in haste by Michael," he said. "This is an exciting side to come and watch. There's Kevin Pietersen, Michael Carberry is an exciting batsman at the top of the order, then you've got Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Ravi Bopara, Steven Finn – there are some good names to watch.

"Then you have the youngsters. I'd hope the cricketing public would want us to bring through some of our young cricketers and expose them to what is almost the harshest of environments, playing Australia."

Giles is correct in this assessment and most spectators would have been aware that rest and rotation was probable after a gruelling Ashes series. The problem, if one exists, lies in the quantity of cricket.

Nobody can expect all players to be made available for every international, for that way lies injury and staleness. England have actually responded reasonably in keeping their middle order intact, while also seizing the opportunity to give a decent run to those who may be pushing for the spare squad places in the World Cup early in 2015. They must be given experience now, not when that tournament begins.

A more pertinent complaint lies in the balance of the side. England were patently a bowler light at Old Trafford and paid for it when James Tredwell was heavily targeted by Australia. They had nowhere to turn for relief.

Something similar may happen again unless they change policy by moving Root up to open the batting with Pietersen. They could then give an opportunity to Chris Jordan, the Sussex fast bowler, who has been rejuvenated this season, or the Somerset tyro Jamie Overton.

Giles said: "You don't get ready-made replacements for Broad, Bresnan, Anderson. So this exposure is crucial. It's hard on these young guys at times because we're asking them to do a lot. But we're asking them to do it because we believe they can. We just never know what's round the corner – whether it be injury, retirements in some cases – so we have to be prepared for everything."

But he did not appear to be for turning about selection immediately, pointing out that it was the balance that almost won England the Champions Trophy back in June. "But when you have inexperience you are going to have to suffer some pain to get some gain, and that's a little bit of what we are looking at."

 



Third ODI: Details

Probable Edgbaston teams

England K P Pietersen, J E Root, I J L Trott, E J G Morgan (capt), R S Bopara, J C Buttler (wk), B A Stokes, C J Jordan, J C Tredwell, S T Finn, W B Rankin.

Australia S R Watson, S E Marsh, A J Finch, M J Clarke (capt), G J Bailey, A C Voges, M S Wade (wk), J P Faulkner, M G Johnson, C J McKay, Fawad Ahmed.

Umpires A Dar (Pak) & M Gough.

TV 1.30-10.30pm, Sky Sports 1. n Weather Rain all day, becoming heavier. Maximum temperature: 13C.

Odds England 6-5; Australia 4-6.

Remaining fixtures

Sat Fourth ODI, Sophia Gardens.

Mon Fifth ODI, Rose Bowl.

News
peopleHowards' Way actress, and former mistress of Jeffrey Archer, was 60
Sport
Romelu Lukaku puts pen to paper
sport
News
Robyn Lawley
people
Arts and Entertainment
Unhappy days: Resistance spy turned Nobel prize winner Samuel Beckett
books
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
Life and Style
Troy Baker and Ashley Johnson voice the show’s heroes
gamingOnce stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover
News
i100
Life and Style
Phones will be able to monitor your health, from blood pressure to heart rate, and even book a doctor’s appointment for you
techCould our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?
News
people
Extras
indybest
Travel
Ryan taming: the Celtic Tiger carrier has been trying to improve its image
travelRyanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?
Sport
Usain Bolt confirms he will run in both the heats and the finals of the men's relay at the Commonwealth Games
commonwealth games
Life and Style
Slim pickings: Spanx premium denim collection
fashionBillionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers 'thigh-trimming construction'
News
Sabina Altynbekova has said she wants to be famous for playing volleyball, not her looks
people
News
i100
Life and Style
tech'World's first man-made leaves' could use photosynthesis to help astronauts breathe
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star