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Ashley Giles

Giles began his career as a fast bowler but was forced to turn to spin due to a back injury and he is now regarded as England's first-choice spinner. Played in the World Cup matches against Pakistan and Australia when he displayed impressive control and variation.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2003 15:50 IST
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 Date of Birth: 19 March 1973, Chertsey, Surrey
 Test Debut: Against South Africa at Manchester in 1998
 ODI Debut: Against Australia at The Oval in 1997
 Bats: Right Hand Bat
 Bowls: Slow Left Arm Orthodox
 

Giles began his career as a fast bowler but was forced to turn to spin due to a back injury and he is now regarded as England's first-choice spinner. Played in the World Cup matches against Pakistan and Australia when he displayed impressive control and variation.

His ability to add valuable runs down the order helps secure his place in England's one-day side and he is an agile fielder for his size.

Although undoubtedly England's number one spin bowler in Test cricket, Giles' place in the one-day line-up is far less secure with Jeremy Snape also in the squad.

He produced his finest performance to date by bowling England to a dramatic two-run win over India in Delhi with figures of five for 57.

But he has yet to do himself justice with the bat at international level despite having a one-day hundred for Warwickshire to his credit.

At home he is not expected to pose much of a threat to the Indian or Sri Lankan batsmen. He is also unlikely to tryout the leg-side theory against Sachin Tendulkar and company.

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First Published: Jan 24, 2003 20:48 IST