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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  • John 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.

  • Dean 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.

  • John 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.

  • Dean on April 27, 2014, 13:11 GMT

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

  • Dean 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.

  • Hamish 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.

  • Jay 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)

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

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