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Giles consults Lankan palm reader

Ashley Giles consulted a Sri Lankan fortune teller ahead of the three-day international cricket match that began in this tourist town Tuesday.

india Updated: Nov 18, 2003 20:45 IST

England's Ashley Giles consulted a Sri Lankan fortune teller ahead of the three-day international cricket match that began in this tourist town Tuesday.

Giles, who began his career as a fast bowler and then switched to spin, sat cross-legged in front of the palm reader at the Culture Cl Hotel Tuesday morning.

He declined to say what the palmist predicted. Giles refused to be photographed and after the palm reading was over, he joined his teammates for breakfast.

In Sri Lanka, most big hotels employ in-house palmists who often consult Sri Lankans, but rarely Westerners.

Giles has been plagued by a series of injuries during his career. However, he is accurate, finds some turn and even more bounce, and has established himself as England's No. 1 slow bowler.

"It was light years away from the lumbering bowler whose dismal 1998 test debut suggested he might remain a one-cap wonder," the Cricinfo Web site said about Giles' recent performance.

A persistent Achilles-tendon injury limited him to just four first-class appearances in 2001, but miraculously Giles recovered in time to play a major part in England's tour of India that December, Cricinfo said.

"Hobbling back and forth from the middle to the physio's ice bucket, he returned test-best figures of 5 for 67 at Ahmedabad (India)."

Giles broke his wrist during England's tour of Australia in 2002-03. But he was back for the 2003 World Cup.

Giles will be England's main spin bowler in Tuesday's match in Dambulla town, famed for its ruins.

First Published: Nov 18, 2003 16:51 IST