Ashley Giles

Country: England
Born: March 19, 1973, Chertsey, Surrey
Height: 6ft 4in
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Slow Left arm Orthodox
Playing role: Bowler

Ashley Giles Bio

Ashley Fraser Giles, born on 19 March 1973 in Chertsey, Surrey, England, is a former professional cricket player who represented England as a left-arm spinner. Despite facing criticism for his unorthodox spin-bowling action, Giles proved to be a dependable and valuable asset for the England cricket team during his five-year career at the turn of the century.

Giles began his cricketing journey as a fast bowler but eventually transitioned into a spin bowler due to his accurate and turning deliveries. Although he faced mocking for his distinctive action, including being compared to a “wheelie bin,” Giles remained undeterred and focused on proving his worth to the team.

Throughout his career, Giles often found himself having to justify his selection repeatedly. In early 2004, he contemplated retirement after a lackluster performance during a tour of the Caribbean. However, he silenced his critics by delivering a match-winning nine-wicket haul at Lord’s later that summer. This performance rejuvenated Giles and bolstered his confidence, leading to an impressive run of match-winning contributions with both the ball and bat. Notably, his career-best score of 59 during the Oval Test match helped secure England’s first Ashes victory in 18 years.

Giles consistently showcased his skills on the subcontinent, leaving a lasting impact on England’s success in those tours. His highlight performances include a crucial delivery that accounted for Inzamam-ul-Haq’s wicket and paved the way for a famous victory in Karachi during the 2000-01 tour. Despite nursing an Achilles injury during the following winter, Giles managed to take 5 for 67 in Ahmedabad. In the 2003 tour of Sri Lanka, after remodeling his action and enduring a difficult tour of Bangladesh, he emerged in fantastic form, claiming 18 wickets in the series and playing a monumental match-saving innings in the first Test in Galle.

Giles also demonstrated his prowess as a lower-order batsman. He worked hard to develop his batting skills and played several pivotal innings for England. Notably, his partnership with Graham Thorpe against New Zealand at Trent Bridge in 2004 played a significant role in England’s triumph. Moreover, he achieved a significant milestone by claiming his 100th Test wicket by dismissing the legendary Brian Lara at Lord’s. This accomplishment silenced his critics who had doubted his abilities.

Injury troubles, particularly a persistent hip problem, hindered Giles’ England career in 2006. Meanwhile, the emergence of spinner Monty Panesar jeopardized his chances of making a comeback. As a result, Giles had to announce his retirement from professional cricket towards the end of the 2007 season. However, he swiftly transitioned into coaching, taking up the role of Warwickshire’s director of cricket. Later, Giles served as the director of cricket and limited-overs coach for the England cricket team.

Ashley Giles, despite facing setbacks and criticism throughout his career, proved himself as a dedicated and instrumental player for England. His accurate bowling, ability to find turn, and vital contributions with the bat made him a valuable asset to the team. Moreover, his resilience in the face of adversity showcased his determination and love for the game.

Ashley Giles Career Stats

Ashley Giles Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 54 81 13 1421 59 20.89 3064 46.37 0 4 175 5 33 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 62 35 13 385 41 17.5 551 69.87 0 0 24 4 22 0
FC 178 249 46 5346 128* 26.33 - - 3 22 - - 80 0
List A 224 141 41 2089 107 20.89 - - 1 5 - - 73 0
T20s 2 1 1 0 0* - 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ashley Giles Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 54 88 12180 5806 143 5/57 9/122 40.6 2.86 85.1 11 5 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 62 57 2856 2069 55 5/57 5/57 37.61 4.34 51.9 0 1 0
FC 178 - 37304 15958 539 8/90 - 29.6 2.56 69.2 - 26 3
List A 224 - 9729 6961 272 5/21 5/21 25.59 4.29 35.7 5 3 0
T20s 2 2 42 34 2 2/21 2/21 17 4.85 21 0 0 0

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