Ashley Giles says he'll get best out of former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen
Ashley Giles says he can get the best out of his former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen this summer.
Last Updated: 18/02/13 10:24pm
Giles, 39, played alongside Pietersen in the 2005 and 2006/07 Ashes and believes that experience will stand both in good stead for a demanding programme that includes the Champions Trophy as well as home T20 and one-day international series against New Zealand and Australia.
The pair have already worked together during England's 3-2 ODI defeat in India - Giles' first series in his new role, in which Pietersen averaged 37 across five innings - after Pietersen was reintegrated back into the England set-up after falling out with some players and management last summer.
The Surrey batsman is rested for the current one-day series against New Zealand, but in an extended interview with Sky Sports pundit Nick Knight ahead of the final T20 at Wellington last week, Giles said Pietersen has a "hugely important" role to play in England's one-day side.
"Kevin is an incredible player," said Giles. "He's got a great record and I've already managed him in India. He did pretty well over there.
"The way that he works at his game - he keeps himself fit still, he's played a lot of cricket - but he's a very professional person.
"We got on well when we played together. There's a danger of it being awkward [now] and I think for the first week it is a little bit because we do know each other pretty well, but surely there is always a line of respect there.
"I think it's advantageous because I know him very well, so hopefully I know what makes him tick and he respects me.
"But there is always a line there. Once you develop into new roles, different roles, you have different responsibilities and so does Kevin. Kevin has as big a responsibility as I do to make sure that we get it right for the team."
With Pietersen rested, Joe Root batted at four in Sunday's first ODI against New Zealand - a match England lost by three wickets even though the 22-year-old was one of three batsmen to make 50.
Somerset's Jos Buttler - playing in only his fourth one-dayer - batted at six and took the gloves ahead of 23-year-old Jonny Bairstow and Giles admitted that even he has been surprised at how quickly England's newcomers have taken to international cricket.
"A lot of the stuff we base selection on now is character and picking good people; the most recent successes have been the likes of Buttler and Root, who is a perfect example," he said.
"They reinforce the reasoning behind picking them in the first place but with the speed they've taken to it at times they still surprise you. They are very impressive young men - we've got a lot of them in this side.
"They want to learn and they want to improve and they adapt very quickly, so you throw them into new situations.
"Root, for example, is now involved in all three forms of the game. I bet if you told that to a lot of people in England last summer, they would have probably laughed at you."
Click on the video at the top of the page for more thoughts from Ashley Giles, including:
FOLLOWING FLOWER - the challenges of taking some responsibility off England's team director and their on-going working relationship
HIS COACHING STYLE - what it takes to become a good coach and how he's been influenced by Duncan Fletcher, Bob Woolmer and Phil Neale
THE RISK OF ROTATION - why the importance of prolonging players' careers outweighs the pressure to achieve immediate, sustained results