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Ashley Giles's Biography

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Slow left arm bowler, Ashley Giles was born on 19 March 1973 in Chertsey, Surrey.

'Gilo', who plays for Warwickshire, began as a fast bowler but became a spinner due to his bad back.

Ashley Giles made his England debut against South Africa, 1998, and before the Ashes series of 2005, had gained 45 test caps. His best bowling performance was 5-57 against the West Indies at Edgbaston. The summer 2004 series against the West Indies was an excellent one for Ashley Giles. He took 22 wickets at 23.13 average including picking up Brian Lara thrice.

In fact, Brian Lara was his 100th test wicket and Ashley Giles has completed the rare double of 1,000 runs and 100 wickets in Test cricket. His batting average was a very respectable 20.79 before the Ashes 2005 series.

The 2005 Ashes were a success for Giles and his 59 on the last day of the final test, sharing a vital stand of 108 with Kevin Pietersen, was crucial. "I'll never get more important runs. I'm ecstatic - there are so many emotions going through me," Giles said.

Ashley Giles likes modern art and supports QPR.

In August 2007 the BBC reported that Ashley Giles was retiring from cricket due to a hip injury.

In November 2012, Ashley Giles was appointed the England one-day international and Twenty20 head coach. He had been Warwickshire director of cricket.

He was then Lancashire's cricket director and head coach for two years, before announcing his return to Warwickshire in December 2016 as sport director.

In December 2018, he took over from Andrew Strauss as managing director of England men's cricket.

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