Trescothick throws weight behind Giles

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Former opening batsman Marcus Trescothick has implored the England and Wales Cricket Board to promote limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and erstwhile captain Paul Collingwood.

Former opening batsman Marcus Trescothick has implored the England and Wales Cricket Board to promote limited-overs coach Ashley Giles and erstwhile captain Paul Collingwood.

The English will soon name former head coach Andy Flower's successor. Flower departed after a heavy five-nil Test series defeat to Australia earlier this year.

Collingwood assisted Giles during the WT20 in Bangladesh, where the English suffered a severe lack of success against New Zealand and the Netherlands – and failed to secure a semi-final berth despite victories over South Africa and Sri Lanka.

"I'm still stuck on Ashley. He is obviously a good friend and been through the system, been coach for 18 months or a year or so and needs an opportunity to run with the side, picking the best team they can get," Trescothick told <b>Sky Sports News</b>.

"I think he hasn't always had his own team that he would need. He has sort of been given a side with a few rested players, maybe not always the best team he could possibly pick, so I think he deserves an opportunity to really run forward and try to form something new.

"Along with a few other people I think it will be a great move. You need somebody who has been through the system and understood it. I thought Paul was a great appointment and he would be a great attribute to any team that you have in that sort of coaching structure."

The English and Sri Lankans will meet for two Tests at Lord's in London and Headingley in Leeds. The series opener will start on 12 June. India will arrive for five Tests – at Trent Bridge, Lord's, The Oval, Rose Bowl and Old Trafford – thereafter.

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