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Former England left-arm spinner Ashley Giles took 143 wickets from 54 Tests and 55 wickets from 62 ODIs. Giles told Brian Halford from Coventry Telegraph, that he began his career as a fast bowler but an injury forced him to bowl spin.
“I was nurtured as a seamer and bowled a hell of a lot of overs but then, at 15, had back trouble. I’d been playing in Guildford’s first team as a seamer so they said go back to the thirds and concentrate on batting,” Giles said. “In the nets, because it didn’t hurt my back, I bowled a bit of left-arm spin and one day in the thirds a game was going nowhere so the captain told me to bowl a few spinners. I took six wickets. In four weeks, I took three five-fors and a six-for. Then I played in the seconds as a spinner and, when I was fit again, I got back in the firsts and would open the bowling then, after a while, the captain would say ‘bowl spin’.”