The Ashes 2005 July 28, 2005

Giles rounds on his critics

Cricinfo staff

Ashley Giles: not in a celebratory mood © Getty Images

Ashley Giles has rounded on his critics after England's failure in the first Test at Lord's, by suggesting that a selection of former players would rather see Australia retain the Ashes than watch the current England side achieve what they themselves failed to do.

"That might sound bitter, but that's the way it feels," Giles was quoted as saying in The Daily Mail. "Michael Vaughan has taken a lot of flak, so has Geraint Jones, so have I. We expected some if we lost, but there has been an amazing amount of stuff hitting the fan."

Giles's position in the side has come under particular scrutiny, after he contributed 11 expensive and wicketless overs to the 239-run defeat in the first Test at Lord's. He contributed little with the bat either, and could come under pressure to retain his place as the series progresses.

"It's at times like that when you think, 'If this is what people think, bugger them'. I am fighting a losing battle here," added Giles. "But then the other part of you says, 'Sod them, I'll get on with it.'"