<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Ashley Giles hopes to see England play their "A game"" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130607121120.jpg" title="ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Ashley Giles hopes to see England play their "A game"" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Ashley Giles is buoyed after England's victory over New Zealand at Trent Bridge © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>London: Jun 7, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> England One-Day international (ODI) coach <a href="/tags/Ashley-Giles/post" target="_blank">Ashley Giles</a> wants to see the side produce their "A game" in their <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tags/ICC-Champions-Trophy-2013/post" target="_blank">Champions Trophy</a> opener at Edgbaston on Saturday.<br /> <br /> Tournament hosts <a href="/tags/England/post" target="_blank">England</a> were below their best for much of their recent 2-1 one-day series defeat by New Zealand, although they did at least avoid a whitewash with a 34-run win over the Black Caps in Nottingham on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> England's bowling attack wasn't helped in the first two matches by being without seamers <a href="/tags/Stuart-Broad/post" target="_blank">Stuart Broad</a> (knee) and <a href="/tags/Steven-Finn/post" target="_blank">Steven Finn</a> (shin), both of whom returned to action without any obvious ill-effects on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> But a batting line-up without <a href="/tags/Kevin-Pietersen/post" target="_blank">Kevin Pietersen</a>, who will miss the Champions Trophy as he continues a recovery from a knee injury that England hope will heal by the time they begin the defence of the Ashes next month, lacked dash for much of the series.<br /> <br /> And but for <a href="/tags/Jos-Buttler/post" target="_blank">Jos Buttler</a>'s breathtaking 47 not out off just 16 balls on Wednesday, England might have suffered yet another defeat.<br /> <br /> "I'm certainly buoyed from this match [at Trent Bridge], because it was much better," said former England left-arm spinner Giles, an Ashes winner in 2005.<br /> <br /> "It was still not anywhere near a perfect performance. It's disappointing to have lost a series, and we've let ourselves down in certain departments.<br /> <br /> "There are some big positives, but we've certainly not played our 'A' game yet.<br /> <br /> "Maybe we're saving that."<br /> <br /> Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler, still only 22, produced an array of astonishing shots on Wednesday, with the Somerset starlet seemingly uninhibited despite not even taking guard until the 47th over.<br /> <br /> Giles, who will be on familiar territory on Saturday, having both played and coached Edgbaston-based county Warwickshire, believes Buttler is capable of more than mere 'cameo' innings.<br /> <br /> "I think he can do it over a longer period," Giles said. "I think what Jos needed was to do it once in 50-over cricket. It doesn't mean he's going to do it all the time - but in Twenty20 cricket, once he crossed that hurdle, he looked a different player.<br /> <br /> "I'm hoping that will happen again."<br /> <br /> But the fact that Buttler came to the crease after <a href="/tags/Ravi-Bopara/post" target="_blank">Ravi Bopara</a> and <a href="/tags/Eoin-Morgan/post" target="_blank">Eoin Morgan</a> had performed something of a rebuilding job, left Giles thinking it might be best just to leave him at number seven rather than move him up the order.<br /> <br /> "I think the batting order, playing an extra batter in Ravi, might have given him a bit more confidence -- it takes a little bit of pressure off him and gives him a bit more freedom," Giles explained.<br /> <br /> "It doesn't necessarily mean that's the way we're going to go. But Jos has shown in Twenty20 cricket he is built for coming in for five overs.<br /> <br /> "Cooky (England captain <a href="/tags/Alastair-Cook/post" target="_blank">Alastair Cook</a>) and I sat and the balcony and said '30 off 10 balls would be nice'. He (Buttler) exceeded all our expectations, so I'm really chuffed for him."