Giles backs Fletcher

Ashley Giles

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Ashley Giles insists Duncan Fletcher still has a "huge amount" to offer as England coach.

Former Test star Geoff Boycott claimed the 58-year-old Zimbabwean had reached the end of his shelf-life in his national newspaper column this week.

Stirred by England's poor one-day record, Boycott suggested Fletcher had run out of ideas and the players were complacent due to the length of his tenure.

It is seven years since Fletcher took over the national team and Boycott said a job for life was a "recipe for stagnation".

However, England and Warwickshire spinner Giles countered: “Fletch is very strong of mind, very quiet and keeps a lot to himself, but he has a huge amount to offer this team still, particularly going into this really tough winter.

Duncan Fletcher

Coach Duncan Fletcher has revolutionised the England side © Getty Images

“I have not played under any other coach who tries to look for newer ways to improve the game than Duncan Fletcher.

“Stale and complacent are words that are just ridiculous.”

England’s Test record under Fletcher has been outstanding, peaking last September when Australia handed over the Ashes.

Boycott’s comments were made a month shy of England’s defence of the urn opening in Brisbane.

“We all come under criticism during our games and some of it is valid,” said 33-year-old Giles who is in India on the comeback trail from groin surgery. “Some is taken to heart.

“But I don’t think this is very valid at all, so I am hoping Fletch won’t take it to heart.

“It’s quite ridiculous, disappointing and quite a personal attack as well.

“Fletch doesn’t seem to get a lot of praise from this certain individual.

“When the team does well it comes down to the team and captain.

“Yet when we do badly it is all the coach’s fault - that’s a little bit disappointing to say the least.”

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