England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles has dealt a gut punch to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter by calling for county side Somerset to hand the gloves to Jos Buttler, who is the preferred man behind the stumps in ODIs.
Kieswetter and Buttler both play for Somerset, but Giles has recently preferred Buttler as keeper for England, so he feels he should fill the role for the county too, a call he knows may not go down well at Taunton.
Giles said in The Express: "I will be speaking to Somerset about both players. Obviously we have a responsibility towards Kiesy, who I'm sure wants to get back playing for England, but Jos is keeping now.
"I can't tell Somerset what to do, clearly, but it's pretty obvious that Jos needs to keep wicket now. It's a difficult situation for Somerset but Jos is the current one-day keeper.
"It is not a question of being nasty but you've got to make strong decisions. I have to be more ruthless as a coach. You don't make decisions about dropping players to look bold or brave and you have to believe they are right.
"But if something is glaringly obvious and you need to make a change or reprimand someone, you need to do it. If you don't step in and everyone else can see you should, you lose respect quickly."
Giles is eager to cement the role as soon as possible as he looks ahead to the Champions Trophy in June, and while he and skipper Alastair Cook had a few differing ideas, Giles feels they are of one mind.
The coach said of their recent discussions: "I think we are singing from a similar hymn-sheet but I would hope we wouldn't agree on everything because that would be boring. But we had a good chat and it was important we kicked around a few ideas."