England news April 25, 2014

Newell replaces Giles as selector

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Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, is to succeed Ashley Giles as a member of the England selection panel. Giles was overlooked for the England head coach's position, losing his job in charge of the limited-overs teams as a result, and he has now decided he will no longer continue as a selector.

Giles had been a selector since 2008, at first combining the role with being Warwickshire's director of cricket. He was made England's limited-overs coach at the end of 2012, with Andy Flower focusing on the Test team, but lost out to Peter Moores during the ECB's recruitment process to appoint a successor to Flower who would regain control across all three formats.

Newell, who was also interviewed for the head coach's position, he will join the selection panel with immediate effect, working alongside James Whitaker, Angus Fraser and Moores. Like Fraser, who is Middlesex's director of cricket, and Giles before him, Newell will retain his county role.

"Ashley Giles has informed ECB today that he intends to step down from the panel and I would like to thank him for all his hard work and dedication to the England cause over the past six years both as a selector, and more recently as our limited-overs coach," Whitaker said.

"We welcome Mick to the panel and his passion, cricketing knowledge and in-depth understanding of our county game will be invaluable as we seek to identify potential international talent and develop outstanding England teams across all three formats of the game."

Newell is the longest-serving coach on the county circuit, having been in charge at Trent Bridge since 2002. He has twice led Nottinghamshire to the Championship title and last season saw his team lift the YB40 trophy at Lord's. Newell has also coached the England Lions and England U-19 teams, and in 2012 he was linked with the Bangladesh job, despite never having played international cricket.

Newell said: "It's a tremendous privilege and a great honour to be invited to join the England selection panel and I am really looking forward to working more closely with James, Peter and Angus. I would also like to thank Nottinghamshire CCC for their support in allowing me to take on this role and play a part in shaping the future direction of the England team."

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  • eggyroe on April 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @ SirViv1973 ,as I said we English all have opinions of what any national team of any sport should be.Also another part of the equation is how much of a say has Cook got in the final XI bearing in mind all of the coaches and analysts surrounding the team.I personally believe that 13 players should be picked on the Sunday prior to the start of the game and the Captain and only the Captain decides the final XI,because he has to execute the tactics and be able to change the tactics as required during the game.Therefore for him to carry out these tasks he must have players on the field that he has the utmost confidence in and the Captain stands or falls on his onfield decisions and not those of people sat in the pavilion passed on by the 12th man.Another point you raised is about Monty Panesar which I totally agree with but could you not use Joe Root's bowling,because by including Monty Panesar it weakens the batting and the fielding of the side.It all boils down to personal opinion.

  • SirViv1973 on April 27, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    @eggyroe, Although we had an exceptionally wet winter, the spring here has actually been reasonably dry so far. I would be surprised if Eng were to go in to any of this summers tests without a recognized spinner. Pitches don't just have to be dry for the ball to turn, spinners more often than not will still come in to the game on a wearing 4/5th day pitch. Cook has also said on plenty of previous occasions that he is not a fan of all seam attacks and prefers some variety. Eng's spin option are not good following Swann's retirement. Although he has performed poorly since the series in Ind in 2012, Monty remains the best option & I can see him playing in the series with Ind. However the series with SRL might offer a chance for someone else to stake their claim most likely Borthwick, although the fact Durham tend to use him as a batting allrounder is a bit of a concern.

  • eggyroe on April 27, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    The final XI taking the field is always a matter of opinion,if the team wins then usually everybody is happy, unfortunately a win papers over the cracks in the teams performance which in my opinion is what happened last summer when England beat Australia.There appears to me that there are numerous combinations of a final XI which could take the field for the First Test Match against Sri Lanka.The weather in England at the moment is a typical wet Spring so I do not think a spinner will come into the equation until the latter portion of the season.My preferred XI would be:- Cook,Compton,Bell,Root,Tailor,Stokes,Prior,Broad,Anderson,Onions,Finn.It is only my opinion but England have to start somewhere because they hopefully cannot perform any worse than they were in Australia last Winter.This XI have the potential to form the spine of the Test Match Team to the end of the 2015 Ashes Series.

  • SirViv1973 on April 27, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    @Siltbreeze, and pretty much no international playing experience between the 3 of them!

  • SirViv1973 on April 27, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    @Sam Carr, Mills may be quick & he has started the season well but he is nowhere near ready for test cricket. He's hasn't even taken 50 FC wickets yet & has an ave well above 30. Leave him at Essex & see how he goes. If he stays fit and continues to improve then I would be seriously looking at him in 12 mths time. I wouldn't be considering Butler at this stage either. I know he's been keeping wicket in limited overs cricket for Eng but test matches are completely different. He played hardly any FC cricket at Somerset as a keeper and needs time to develope his keeping with Lancs. If he goes well over the season I would be looking to take him on the tours to SRL & WIN over the winter. Moores brought Prior in to the side when he got the job first time round and I'm pretty sure he will want him back in the side now he's coach again.

  • PeerieTrow on April 27, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    You've lost me there @Garvin. It is beyond doubt that Giles is both knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to domestic and international cricket, but there are no "obvious reasons" I could think of that would make Sri Lanka want to embark on such a course of action.

  • jayg24 on April 27, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    @bobmartin. There was never any hope of a pietersen comeback no matter who was going to get the job. The ECB and Captain Cook spelled this out months ago. Why don't people like you understand that? Too much for you?

  • Garvin on April 26, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    If I were Sri Lanka, I would be hunting Giles for replace Farbrace (for obvious reasons)

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Cook, Robson, Bell, Root, Ali, Ballance, Stokes, Buttler, Broad, Anderson, Mills - if there is not likely to be much turn, Joe Root and Moeen Ali have got the spinning covered. I would look at Borthwick for Stokes if it looks like there might be a bit more in it for the spinners or with Kerrigan in for Mills if playing on a rank bunsen burner.

  • on April 26, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    The day Giles was appointed as limited overs coach I knew that it is end of the road for England

  • eggyroe on April 28, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    @ SirViv1973 ,as I said we English all have opinions of what any national team of any sport should be.Also another part of the equation is how much of a say has Cook got in the final XI bearing in mind all of the coaches and analysts surrounding the team.I personally believe that 13 players should be picked on the Sunday prior to the start of the game and the Captain and only the Captain decides the final XI,because he has to execute the tactics and be able to change the tactics as required during the game.Therefore for him to carry out these tasks he must have players on the field that he has the utmost confidence in and the Captain stands or falls on his onfield decisions and not those of people sat in the pavilion passed on by the 12th man.Another point you raised is about Monty Panesar which I totally agree with but could you not use Joe Root's bowling,because by including Monty Panesar it weakens the batting and the fielding of the side.It all boils down to personal opinion.

  • SirViv1973 on April 27, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    @eggyroe, Although we had an exceptionally wet winter, the spring here has actually been reasonably dry so far. I would be surprised if Eng were to go in to any of this summers tests without a recognized spinner. Pitches don't just have to be dry for the ball to turn, spinners more often than not will still come in to the game on a wearing 4/5th day pitch. Cook has also said on plenty of previous occasions that he is not a fan of all seam attacks and prefers some variety. Eng's spin option are not good following Swann's retirement. Although he has performed poorly since the series in Ind in 2012, Monty remains the best option & I can see him playing in the series with Ind. However the series with SRL might offer a chance for someone else to stake their claim most likely Borthwick, although the fact Durham tend to use him as a batting allrounder is a bit of a concern.

  • eggyroe on April 27, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    The final XI taking the field is always a matter of opinion,if the team wins then usually everybody is happy, unfortunately a win papers over the cracks in the teams performance which in my opinion is what happened last summer when England beat Australia.There appears to me that there are numerous combinations of a final XI which could take the field for the First Test Match against Sri Lanka.The weather in England at the moment is a typical wet Spring so I do not think a spinner will come into the equation until the latter portion of the season.My preferred XI would be:- Cook,Compton,Bell,Root,Tailor,Stokes,Prior,Broad,Anderson,Onions,Finn.It is only my opinion but England have to start somewhere because they hopefully cannot perform any worse than they were in Australia last Winter.This XI have the potential to form the spine of the Test Match Team to the end of the 2015 Ashes Series.

  • SirViv1973 on April 27, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    @Siltbreeze, and pretty much no international playing experience between the 3 of them!

  • SirViv1973 on April 27, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    @Sam Carr, Mills may be quick & he has started the season well but he is nowhere near ready for test cricket. He's hasn't even taken 50 FC wickets yet & has an ave well above 30. Leave him at Essex & see how he goes. If he stays fit and continues to improve then I would be seriously looking at him in 12 mths time. I wouldn't be considering Butler at this stage either. I know he's been keeping wicket in limited overs cricket for Eng but test matches are completely different. He played hardly any FC cricket at Somerset as a keeper and needs time to develope his keeping with Lancs. If he goes well over the season I would be looking to take him on the tours to SRL & WIN over the winter. Moores brought Prior in to the side when he got the job first time round and I'm pretty sure he will want him back in the side now he's coach again.

  • PeerieTrow on April 27, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    You've lost me there @Garvin. It is beyond doubt that Giles is both knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to domestic and international cricket, but there are no "obvious reasons" I could think of that would make Sri Lanka want to embark on such a course of action.

  • jayg24 on April 27, 2014, 9:07 GMT

    @bobmartin. There was never any hope of a pietersen comeback no matter who was going to get the job. The ECB and Captain Cook spelled this out months ago. Why don't people like you understand that? Too much for you?

  • Garvin on April 26, 2014, 19:13 GMT

    If I were Sri Lanka, I would be hunting Giles for replace Farbrace (for obvious reasons)

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Cook, Robson, Bell, Root, Ali, Ballance, Stokes, Buttler, Broad, Anderson, Mills - if there is not likely to be much turn, Joe Root and Moeen Ali have got the spinning covered. I would look at Borthwick for Stokes if it looks like there might be a bit more in it for the spinners or with Kerrigan in for Mills if playing on a rank bunsen burner.

  • on April 26, 2014, 15:44 GMT

    The day Giles was appointed as limited overs coach I knew that it is end of the road for England

  • PeerieTrow on April 26, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    IMHO Giles was never going to be the right man. Only time will tell if the new regime will be successful in revitalising England's fortunes. The "we want KP back" axis of Cook and Prior appears to have been split as it's doubtful Prior will return. However, it beats me why Cook is still in favour; for me he is not now and never has been captaincy material, and was one of the key elements in the England performance 'plummet'. These home series would have been a good time to blood a new captain but that opportunity has been missed. In the winter England face ten ODIs in short order in the run up to the world cup. I believe the core of the team must remain constant across all formats and would like to see a change of captaincy for the ODIs with a view to that individual taking charge in advance of WIndies, NZ and Aus in 2015. For me, Bell has ability, knowledge, intestinal fortitude, cahones and respect in sufficient measure and balance to do the job successfully.

  • cricketsubh on April 26, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    my eng squad for test series vs SL .1.comtion.2.cook.3.root.4.bell.5.ali.6.stocks7.prior/butler.8.broad.9.andersion.10.finn11..monty pick this team for sl series and try to build a team for 2015 ashes .

  • BradmanBestEver on April 26, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    He needs to select players with a spine, guts, mental toughness - however you want to call it. The recent Ashes pummeling highlighted that determination, rather than talent, is the main difference between the Aussies and the English.

  • steve48 on April 26, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Feel a bit sorry for Gilo. Sure, things gone poorly in the short formats, but how much is that a product of the malaise in the overall setup? Even with some one day specialists coming in, could not have been easy after the ashes mauling, especially with the loss of Trott, Swann and KP, 3 of his best players. As for T20, competition simply isn't strong enough in the English version, and with no IPL experience to look to, selection is tough to be innovative with. Not saying he should have got the main job, just that his former role turned into a bit of a poison chalice.

  • siltbreeze on April 26, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    No drama here, just the ECB making sensible appointments. Giles couldn't be head coach given his record with the one day team, Moores was the best of the applicants, Newell makes perfect sense as a selector. It's good that we have three selectors with current, in-depth knowledge of the county game, two of whom, incidentally, know only too well how divisive an influence Pietersen can be.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on April 26, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Every day they don't select KP, their best player, is another day of shame for the ECB.

  • bobmartin on April 26, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    I guess with Moores and Newell on the selection panel.. no matter how much his Asians fans are hoping... there is now no hope whatsoever of a Pietersen comeback..

  • philander50 on April 26, 2014, 0:48 GMT

    Thank god Giles is gone :)

  • northumbriannomad on April 25, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Unedifying squabble over deckchairs on the Titanic. The only surprise is that James Whitaker didn't use the phrase "going forward" in celebrating the talents of his new selector.

  • Stevebob on April 25, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    How long till Alex Hales gets a test slot

  • voyrison on April 25, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    poor old Giles - nearly there one minute, out on his ear the next

  • sambudgie on April 25, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    He should never have been a selector let alone be left in charge of the team. Some good he has done to our team. He was just an average spin bowler that is about it. No person who is a selector should be allowed to hold any other position in the cricket circuit.

  • CodandChips on April 25, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Has a good record of scouting talent. Swann, Broad, Taylor, Hales, Gurney, Mullaney...

  • LeeHallam on April 25, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    I think it is right that Ashley Giles has stepped down. Having lost out to Peter Moores that could have been a very awkward relationship. This means that only James Whittaker is left from the old panel, so we have almost a fresh start. Which is good as their have been some very odd selections of late.

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    He'll still be watching a lot of County cricket in his Nottinghamshire role. What else does a Selector need to do?

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    "... full-time job" ... how long does it take to say: 'Anyone but Pietersen' !!

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @YTFC I disagree, there is no better way to get an overall understanding of the game, they'll know their own players better than anyone and will be involved in the game every single day, hopefully this'll give James Taylor another shot too.

  • YTFC on April 25, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    The selectors shouldn't keep their county roles. Being a selector should be a full-time job.

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  • YTFC on April 25, 2014, 17:58 GMT

    The selectors shouldn't keep their county roles. Being a selector should be a full-time job.

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:11 GMT

    @YTFC I disagree, there is no better way to get an overall understanding of the game, they'll know their own players better than anyone and will be involved in the game every single day, hopefully this'll give James Taylor another shot too.

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    "... full-time job" ... how long does it take to say: 'Anyone but Pietersen' !!

  • on April 25, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    He'll still be watching a lot of County cricket in his Nottinghamshire role. What else does a Selector need to do?

  • LeeHallam on April 25, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    I think it is right that Ashley Giles has stepped down. Having lost out to Peter Moores that could have been a very awkward relationship. This means that only James Whittaker is left from the old panel, so we have almost a fresh start. Which is good as their have been some very odd selections of late.

  • CodandChips on April 25, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    Has a good record of scouting talent. Swann, Broad, Taylor, Hales, Gurney, Mullaney...

  • sambudgie on April 25, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    He should never have been a selector let alone be left in charge of the team. Some good he has done to our team. He was just an average spin bowler that is about it. No person who is a selector should be allowed to hold any other position in the cricket circuit.

  • voyrison on April 25, 2014, 21:41 GMT

    poor old Giles - nearly there one minute, out on his ear the next

  • Stevebob on April 25, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    How long till Alex Hales gets a test slot

  • northumbriannomad on April 25, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    Unedifying squabble over deckchairs on the Titanic. The only surprise is that James Whitaker didn't use the phrase "going forward" in celebrating the talents of his new selector.