England in India 2012-13

Chilly welcome for Giles in India

David Hopps

January 4, 2013

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Ashley Giles and Darren Maddy wrap up against the cold, roars an appeal, Warwickshire v Worcestershire, Edgbaston, April 17, 2008
Ashley Giles, here wrapped up during a cold English day, was greeted by single-figure temperatures in India © Getty Images

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.

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Posted by CricketingStargazer 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.

Posted by jmcilhinney 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.

Posted by jmcilhinney 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?

Posted by calcu on (January 5, 2013, 16:47 GMT)

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

Posted by RandyOZ 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!

Posted by jmcilhinney 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?

Posted by The_Ashes 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.

Posted by calcu 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.

Posted by jmcilhinney 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.

Posted by deol84 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 .

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 8:44 GMT)

I think at Headingley in 2007 it didn't much get above 5 degrees all day in one of the test matches. Games in April and May in England are renowned for having some rather crisp mornings to say the least. About 11 degrees in London as I speak having been out for a morning run. Oh and when I was in Mumbai at the end of November it was cool enough for me to put a sweater on in the evening. However the temperature was in the low 20s!

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (January 5, 2013, 8:43 GMT)

so indian team has already got a new excuse when they lose the series by 5-0 . EVEN IF THE WEATHER REMAINS HOT THEN ALSO INDIA WILL LOSE BY 5-0 . conrgrats to england in advance for humiliating us in odi series .

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (January 5, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

Lets lose this series too, sack coach & half of the team. Try getting Flemming(NZ) or Hussey as next coach. This same bunch which was world beater (oops, but fairly competitive) under Kirsten will start performing again.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

i dont think it the climate would really be a concern for the england team they would be more than happy to play in this climate then playing in 35 c. it would help there fast bowlers even more in this climate. we can expect some good fast bowling being dished out to this struggling Indian team a tailor made conditions for there fast bowlers..

Posted by SoverBerry2 on (January 5, 2013, 5:46 GMT)

Sreeseanth is the biggest sports icon in Kerala... All people want the him in the setup... Good luck!

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (January 5, 2013, 3:17 GMT)

clarke501- Thank you for reminding us of Giles' true identity as the King of Spain. Joyful!!

Posted by here2rock on (January 5, 2013, 1:36 GMT)

You do not need to play great cricket to beat this Indian side.

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 1:34 GMT)

This cold spell is bad news for Indian team. England is more used to this kind of temperature. Most of the Indians are not used to even Delhi's normal winter, let alone this. Someone like Ashwin from Tamilnadu will find his spinning fingers frozen, and if he comes in the power-play, English openers will tuck into him. So, is the case with B. Kumar. Someone like Shreeshant from Kerala would have experieinced anything even closer to this weather only in England or Newzealand! Also wait to see a lost of spilled catches. (Shudder to think that the third ODI against Pakistan is also scheduled for play at Delhi. For Pak, boys from Lahore might have experienced it, not the ones from Karachi))

Posted by   on (January 5, 2013, 0:21 GMT)

Temp's no worse than high summer at Old trafford, don't see what the problem is

Posted by Jeppo on (January 4, 2013, 23:53 GMT)

I've got a picture in my head of the England players packing Hawaii t-shirts, shorts and sandals for the trip to India. Goose pimples all round!

Still, 5 degrees is a typical maximum temperature in England during winter, especially up North. What are the chances of England fielding a squad of players from Lancashire, Yorkshire and Durham?

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 4, 2013, 23:35 GMT)

Good to hear that Sreesanth is making a comeback. He has not always performed to his potential and may never make it back into the India team but, after his ordeal, playing any cricket is a big positive.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (January 4, 2013, 23:29 GMT)

@KingOwl on (January 04 2013, 21:39 PM GMT), it gets significantly colder than that in England as well but not during cricket season. I'm guessing that you don't don light clothing and try to catch a hard ball in bare hands when the temperatures are that low in Canada, do you? At least if England drop some easy catches they will have a decent excuse: they could barely feely their hands!

Posted by landl47 on (January 4, 2013, 22:53 GMT)

I would have thought England would welcome the cool weather. They'll be a lot more comfortable with that than with 35 degreesC and 90% humidity. India, on the other hand, won't relish freezing their tushes off.

This is a good chance for England's less experienced players to show what they can do. The big question is what kind of a side India will choose. Do they keep going with the same squad that Pakistan has just beaten or do they also give some young players a try? The series will be much more interesting if they do.

Posted by shillingsworth on (January 4, 2013, 22:43 GMT)

@SurlyCynic - They don't, but the King of Spain does.

Posted by haystak on (January 4, 2013, 22:20 GMT)

Try playing a game in october here in canada, alot of catches get grassed.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (January 4, 2013, 22:11 GMT)

Though it is cold I feel it is great privilege for us to play in Dharamsala in the Himalayas-a venue almost too beautiful to contemplate.

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

I still honestly feel BCCI should continue with Dhoni as a captain because he is currently the best and no one else deserves the spot not even kohli, believe me. Instead I feel the selectors should go for a change in the top order replacing sehwag and gambhir with someone more deserving. Furthermore,they should look for specialist bowlers instead of playing all rounders. Play 5 bowlers and ask dhoni to come up the order like number 3 or 4 as in my case I feel this the only mistake dhoni is repeatedly committing.

Posted by KingOwl on (January 4, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

"Bone chilling temperature of 5C": Oh, come on now. You should come to Canada to understand what bone chilling means!

Posted by   on (January 4, 2013, 21:15 GMT)

Most of the south asian countries are facing these chilly temperatures! But that should be OK with England considering in England we always get these temperatures haha! But anyway India are in such bad form England should be able to pounce since they are currently demoralised!

Posted by SurlyCynic on (January 4, 2013, 21:12 GMT)

I thought wheelie-bins didn't feel the cold.

Posted by Dandy_s on (January 4, 2013, 21:04 GMT)

India should try some of the youngsters in the england series for sure , Guys like Rahane, S Dhawan, Rayudu, CM Gautam, S.Binny, Sandeep, Shami Ahmed all these guys should be given a chance IMO

Posted by brusselslion on (January 4, 2013, 20:55 GMT)

Another handy excuse for Dhoni to wheel out

Posted by bharath74 on (January 4, 2013, 20:37 GMT)

Even Zimbabwe can win ODI,s against India at the moment. If any country has not won series in India for long time, now is the best time to come.

Posted by SDHM on (January 4, 2013, 19:52 GMT)

5C? It's bloomin' colder over in India than it is back here! What's going on?

Posted by palla.avinash on (January 4, 2013, 19:38 GMT)

England doesn't have any ajmal,hafeez or atleast shoiab malik to stop indian batsmen from scoring.with no anderson and swann the real threat will come from finn ,pieterson and if not cook and it wont be easy series for England as india battle for their desperate series win in there nearest feature and the key is definitely kevin pieterson.

Posted by sk12 on (January 4, 2013, 18:46 GMT)

ok so even the temperatures are more suited to Eng than to us. 4-1 to Eng. For the first time in a long long time, Ind start a home ODI series as underdogs..

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David Hopps David Hopps joined ESPNcricinfo as UK editor early in 2012. For the previous 20 years he was a senior cricket writer for the Guardian and covered England extensively during that time in all Test-playing nations. He also covered four Olympic Games and has written several cricket books, including collections of cricket quotations. He has been an avid amateur cricketer since he was 12, and so knows the pain of repeated failure only too well. The pile of untouched novels he plans to read, but rarely gets around to, is now almost touching the ceiling. He divides his time between the ESPNcricinfo office in Hammersmith and his beloved Yorkshire.
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