DROITWICH resident Ashley Giles expressed his delight after being named head coach of England’s one day international and T20 sides.
The former Warwickshire spinner has been drafted into take the pressure off the national team’s team director Andy Flower.
Giles will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the shorter forms of cricket and will also be accountable to Flower.
He will take charge of the side for the first time on the tour of India and New Zealand in January and February before turning his focus to the ICC Champions Trophy next summer.
Giles will also remain on the remain on the board of selectors for the Test side.
He said: “I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 head coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level.
“I have worked closely with Andy in recent years as a selector and look forward to continuing to work together.”
His success with Warwickshire this season, guiding them to the LV County Championship title, caught the eye of England cricket managing director Hugh Morris.