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Giles frustrated after Oval washout

Ashley Giles was understandably disappointed that England were denied an opportunity to draw their NatWest Twenty20 International series against New Zealand, yet took great pride from his side’s efforts in the first encounter.

England, without several established players who are preparing for the Investec Ashes, fell just six runs short of a highest sprint-format chase on Tuesday at the Kia Oval.

The ground was sun-bathed that evening as the hosts pursued 202, but that was not the case on today as rain began to fall after two deliveries.

That time was enough time for England to slip to two for one, Michael Lumb edging Mitchell McClenaghan to slip, although the supporters were ultimately disappointed.

“It's disappointing to lose the series,” Giles admitted. “That's what it goes down as; one-nil and that’s the way it is.

“It was a tight game the other night and a good game of cricket. I was actually pretty proud of the way we went out and played.

“There were bits that we didn’t get right in the game but we had quite an inexperienced group with the ball particularly.

"But I was happy with the positive, chest out sort of way we tried to chase that 200 down. I was really pleased. It bodes well for the future.”

The no-result meant Kevin Pietersen, returning for England after a long lay-off, did not get any time in the middle.

However, Giles does not think that will have too big an impact given the batsman struck 177 not out for Surrey last week in his first outing for three months following a knee injury.

"He’s fine,” added England’s limited-overs coach. “Fortunately he showed his class in that county game he played getting 150.

"He would have got some valuable time in the middle but, from a coach's point of view, it is good to have him around again.

“He’s an experienced, high-quality player and it’s good for the group, especially a young group.”

The abandonment ensured New Zealand wrapped up their long tour of England on the back of series victory.

“It was a disappointment not to have played,” said skipper Brendon McCullum. “We saw a brilliant spectacle the other night; the crowd turned up again and the pitch looked great and no doubt it would have been another brilliant game.

“We cannot do much about it; we’ve seen plenty of inclement weather throughout the English summer so far. This time it kind of worked in our favour and we’ll take the 1-0 result.”

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