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Former England spinner Ashley Giles has spoken of his excitement as the build-up to this summer's Ashes gathers pace.

Giles was an integral member of Michael Vaughan's triumphant side four years ago and is currently gearing up his Warwickshire team to face England in a warm-up game at Edgbaston.

The former left-arm spinner has spoken fondly of his memories when Australia last visited these shores, and remains hopeful that Andrew Strauss' charges can achieve the same sort of recognition Giles and his team-mates won under Vaughan's stewardship.

“I think we are all getting gripped by Ashes fever,” he told ECBtv. “All the talk, in our dressing room and around the county circuit as well as in the media, is hotting up.

“In 2005 by the end of the summer it was everywhere: the papers, the radio, the weather from the news coming from the Oval.

"I hope we get back there again because it means we are going to be in for a good Ashes summer of cricket.”

Giles, who tucked away the winning runs to give England victory in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge in 2005 as well as taking vital wickets at crucial times, also called on the current England crop to soak up all the attention and excitement that surrounds any Ashes series.

“Everyone loves the Ashes,” he added. “I`m excited now to be able to watch it this time around and that`s a good feeling. It's odd but you get butterflies thinking about an Ashes series coming up and the guys should enjoy it because it doesn't last forever."

Giles' Ashes memories of his youth centre around England's victory in 1985 under David Gower - and it is not lost on the Warwickshire director of cricket that he was part of the next England team to achieve the same feat.

“I have vague memories of the Botham series in 1981 but the first time I was really gripped by it was in 1985 when Gower's team won here," Giles said.

“It was the first time I had watched massive parts of Test matches and then went out and replayed them in the back garden. That gripped me, definitely.

“It's strange because that was the last time we won the Ashes in England before we did it in 2005 so it was a dream realised for a lot of us.

"For that group of lads in 2005 it was very special and let's hope it's the same in 2009.”

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