English ODI coach expects challenge in NZ

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 11:50 29/01/2013
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England's limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is expecting a tough challenge in New Zealand as his team and the Black Caps enter their series on the back of contrasting results.

England wrapped up their five-match one-day series against India at Dharamsala on Sunday with a face-saving win in the last international.

It left them looking at getting some momentum from a 2-3 series defeat as they head to New Zealand.

England face the Black Caps in three Twenty20s, and a trio of ODIs and tests.

They arrive in Auckland tonight and have two warmup T20s in Whangarei against a New Zealand XI on Monday and next Wednesday.

New Zealand are fresh off a surprise 2-1 ODI series win over South Africa, a result that has breathed life into the looming contests with England.

Giles said New Zealand deserved respect after their efforts in South Africa where the Black Caps rallied from two test-match hidings to stun the Proteas.

He said New Zealand were a good side in the shorter versions of the game but he believed England were also starting to find the right balance and were looking forward to the more familiar conditions in New Zealand.

"It should be interesting times in New Zealand," Giles said as England flew out of India.

"We're going to have to be on our A-game again to take them on [at home] but when we go there we will be looking at different strategies, different sides and different balances of sides, so there's still lots to think about and lots to do."

Giles felt he was making progress in his new position on a demanding trip to India.

"I think it was important for me to learn about the players involved," he said.

"We've brought a squad here with some quite young players and we've changed the squad as we've moved on.

"I've learned a bit about international coaching. It was my first time out and it was a pretty tough task coming to India, but I've really enjoyed the experience and working with Alistair Cook and the team."

Cook was also feeling positive after the latest result that saw Ian Bell's century set up England's victory with 16 balls to spare.

"We take a lot through to New Zealand from this month," the captain said.

"Belly's hundred was outstanding. It is easy sometimes to talk the talk but to go out there and do it like he did is something we can take a lot from.

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"We've learned a lot about other players too. James Tredwell has had an outstanding series. He just gets on with his business and produces the goods.

"Steven Finn has bowled well again and Joe Root, who wasn't in the original selection, has taken his chances very well."

- Stuff

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