England in India 2012-13 January 4, 2013

Chilly welcome for Giles in India


Ashley Giles knows he will be in for a few surprises as he takes over the coaching of England's one-day sides, but he could have been forgiven if he was caught cold in his opening practice in Delhi.

India's capital is experiencing some of its most-bone chilling temperatures on record and it was 5C at best when he supervised his first session in light fog ahead of a warm-up match against India A in Delhi on Sunday. Back home in Birmingham on Friday, there were prospects of a positively warming 10C with even the promise of a sunny interval or two.

Giles faces quite a challenge if England are to win his first series in charge. They have won only one ODI series in India, in 1984-5, and their last two visits have ended in 5-0 whitewashes for the home side.

As for the weather, England might not have experienced their coldest day. Two more of their matches are in the northern outposts of Mohali, which they know well, and Dharmasala, in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is a stunning spot, but maximum and minimum temperatures are predicted to vary between -6C and 6C in the next four days - and the match is less than three weeks away.

Even in England, an international is not thought to have taken place in temperatures quite as low as that. Kevin Pietersen, who was not always enamoured with the weather in northern England after returning from IPL, could be just one player in for a treat.

Tim Bresnan donned a beanie to peer through the fog and predict that all would be well at the start of the Giles era. "He floated in and out during the Test series in his role as a selector, talked to some of the lads and it was good," he said.

"Most of the plans we use for one-day cricket are already in place and I think it will be pretty seamless for him to come in and pick up the reins. He's quite chilled out but we'll see what happens. He might fire a few rockets and surprise people. That's what you get from a new coach and we're looking forward to it."

One India A name familiar to England will be Sreesanth, the fast bowler, who returned to competitive cricket last month after an absence of a year with a career-threatening injury. Sreesanth spent two months in a wheelchair after two operations on his toes and has called the experience "the darkest phase of my life."

The side will be led by Tamil Nadu's opening batsman Abhinav Mukund who Bresnan also know from the Test series in England during 2011.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mark on January 5, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    @jmcilhinney Randy is the best thing on here. He is almost unfailingly wrong, amazingly xenophobic and stunningly silent when Australia lose. His best prediction was that England would lose every match on the 2010/11 tour of Australia. Anyway, that's by the by. What I want to see is some of the imports like Woakes, Finn and Briggs step up and put in a real case to play next summer. There are a number of players who have a real chance to make a case for themselves.

  • John on January 5, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (January 05 2013, 16:37 PM GMT), of course, but at least he'll have another easy victory against Australia to look forward to in the next English summer to raise his spirits. That is unless every game is rained out this time.

  • John on January 5, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    @calcu on (January 05 2013, 16:47 PM GMT), I have said previously that I rate India as favourite to win the series, although their performance against Pakistan has made me even more hopeful of England pulling off an upset. Your previous comment was just stupid though. There were many who were telling us who was going to win the Test series and by what margin before that series started and look how that turned out. There were also plenty telling us about how the T20 series would turn out too. While India's win was comprehensive and England's was slim, the series still ended 1-1. Three close wins will be enough for England to take the ODI series no matter how the other two games go. How about you base your predictions on the relative merits of the two teams playing this series and not the completely different teams who have played series in the past?

  • achint on January 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    @jmcilhinney: you are right. but I still feel dat india will win dis series

  • Randolph on January 5, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    You have to feel for Giles, he doesnt have any international standard players in his team bar a few imports!

  • John on January 5, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    @calcu on (January 05 2013, 12:26 PM GMT), I seem to recall that England hadn't won a Test series in India for quite some time until just recently too. The two XIs that will play off here were not in any of those last 18 matches so why should those results guarantee any particular result in the upcoming series?

  • Jonny on January 5, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    I swear England played India in a 5 match ODI series all last year where India won, why same boring old matches? no wonder Cricket is disliked by most of the world.

  • achint on January 5, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Since d tour of 1984-85, eng has played 18 odi in india. Out of that eng has won 1, tied 1 and lost 16. I think I dont need to tell who will win dis tour and by what margin.

  • John on January 5, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    @deol84 on (January 05 2013, 11:14 AM GMT), you aren't right. Cook and Pietersen are both in the ODI squad, although neither played the T20s. Trott is the only front-line batsman sitting out. Given the criticism that Trott has received from many fans and some pundits regarding his scoring rate, it will be interesting to see how they do without him. His form wasn't great during the Test series anyway so he may not be a great loss. If Bell can keep up his recent good ODI form and some of the younger guys come on then Trott may not find it easy to retain his place long-term. He has been one of the more reliable batsman with no obvious replacement but if others can pick up the slack in the middle order at a better strike rate then KP at #3 might become the norm. Mind you, KP is missing the NZ tour so Trott may have some mileage yet.

  • G on January 5, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    all indian should start praying now, so cricket god grant him atleast one win or atleast one tied game.In theory minow india has better chance of winning this series because more or less they playing england a team rather than full strength english side,if i am right anderson,swwan,coock and pierrson not playing this series .

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