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Giles replaces Flower as England's one-day head coach

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Andy Flower has stepped aside as England's head coach for limited overs cricket to concentrate on the Test arena, with former international spinner Ashley Giles taking on responsibility for one-day matches and Twenty20 contests.

Flower will continue to be have full accountability for England cricket and will still tour with the England Test side, but he will no long be responsible for the day-to-day leadership of the ODI and T20 teams.

Giles, Warwickshire's director of cricket and an England selector, will take on the role - with the change made to give Flower a better chance of balancing a relentless work schedule against time spent with his young family.

"I'm very excited by these changes and very much looking forward to working with Ashley Giles as we look to build on the success England cricket has had in the last few years," Flower said in a statement. "The changes in my role will provide me with new challenges and the time to allow me to focus on areas that are important if England cricket is to continually improve.

"These include developing strategies to give us an opportunity for sustaining success in all three formats of the game. The change in role will also allow me to thoroughly plan and prepare for each of our international series whilst spending the right amount of time at home with my young family."

Giles is confident he can continue the good work done by Flower, having worked closely with him in recent times.

"I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 Head Coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level," Giles said. "I have worked closely with Andy in recent years as a selector and am looking forward to continuing to work together and to build on the progress that has been made with the ODI and T20 sides in recent years."

Giles travelled to India as England's selector on tour and is regarded as a natural successor to Flower. His appointment sees him leave his post at Warwickshire, whom he guided to the County Championship last season.

His first task will be to halt England's dreadful run of ODI results in India. They have lost 12 and tied one of the last 13 matches, with the previous victory coming back in 2006.

Hugh Morris, managing director of England cricket, said the role of team director needed to evolve to ensure the it was effectively utilised.

"Bringing in a head coach for the ODI and T20 formats allows the team director more time to plan for forthcoming series and tournaments and also have a more realistic and sustainable work life balance," Morris noted.

"Andy Flower has played a central role in the successes we have enjoyed in the last few years and will continue to be responsible for the development and implementation of the strategies needed to ensure we continue to improve.

"Ashley Giles has had considerable success as an international player and is a highly respected coach and the players and England management are looking forward to working with him."

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