India v England: Giles defends young squad after successive ODI defeats

India v England: Ashley Giles defends his young squad's performances after successive losses in Kochi and Ranchi

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Joe Root was singled out for special praise after England's latest ODI loss Photo: Matt Root/Wikimedia

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Ashley Giles has defended his young England squad’s recent performances after going 2-1 down in the one-day international series in India.

Alastair Cook’s side were bundled out for 158 and 155 in their two recent defeats, leading to calls for changes to the side ahead of Wednesday’s fourth ODI in Mohali.

But England’s limited-overs coach feels any player, whatever their stature, can lose their nerve in hostile Indian atmospheres.

“Confidence can go quite quickly out here for anyone because you get put under a lot of pressure very quickly,” said Giles.

“I have concern for all the guys, not that their confidence is shot but that we need to play better.

“It’s important we stay confident because we have some very good cricketers who have worked very hard and prepared very well.

“But we’ve now got to put that into action. We have to identify what bits we need to put right but not over-dramatise it.”

The former Warwickshire coach did concede that the younger players in England’s squad are more vulnerable to suffer from losses of belief in their own ability.

But the 39-year-old singled out 22-year-old Joe Root, whose performances have been scant consolation in the two losses in Kochi and Ranchi.

“The younger lads are bound to be more vulnerable because they’ve got less experience and have less to fall back in terms of experiences,” he said.

“But one guy who goes against that is Joe Root because the way he has come in and played has been brilliant.

“He looks at home in international cricket and has played with a surety and certainty that has been refreshing. It’s one of the real pluses of the last two games.”

Jade Dernbach is one player that looks shot of confidence after being hit for 45 in his five overs in Saturday’s match in Ranchi – to receive the unwanted accolade of having the worst economy rate in ODI history at 6.28 runs per over.

Yet Giles feels the statistics do not reflect the Surrey seamer’s true credentials, particularly as he is not the only England bowler to have struggled in the Indian conditions.

“It’s tough on Jade [Dernbach] because he’s played a lot of cricket in India and it’s a hard place to come and play.

“Anderson, Broad, most English seamers haven’t had a great deal of one-day success in India judging by the 5-0, 5-0 results in 2008 and 2011.”

The ECB revealed that Stuart Broad will meet England in New Zealand instead of travelling to Chandigarh as he steps up his recovery from a bruised heel.

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