Ashley Giles tipped to replace Andrew Strauss as England cricket director
Ashley Giles previous worked as coach of England’s ODI team until 2013-14. ©Getty Images

The former England spinner Ashley Giles is reportedly the front-runner to replace Andrew Strauss as director of England cricket, according to reports in the British media.

It has been speculated that Ashes-winner Giles, who played 53 Tests and 62 ODIs between 1998 and 2006, has been offered the job and is now in discussion the terms and conditions of the deal. This will end a two-month search for a successor to former Test captain Strauss after he stepped down in October to be with his wife, Ruth, as she undergoes treatment for cancer.

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The 45-year-old Giles, the sporting director at his club Warwickshire, previous worked as coach of England’s ODI team until 2013-14. He has no death of experience on the domestic front, having coached Warwickshire for five seasons during with they won the 2012 County Championship and Lancashire to the T20 Blast in 2015.

Giles has also served as national selector. Foremost on Giles’ plate, should he be confirmed as director of England cricket, will be to name a new head coach with Trevor Bayliss vacating the role after the 2019 season.

England are ranked No 1 in ODIs and host the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, while in Tests they have moved up to No 2 after sweeping Sri Lanka 3-0 recently.

They are due to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals on their tour of the West Indies, which starts next month.