Ashley Fraser Giles is a retired English cricket player and had played first class cricket for 14 years at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Presently, he is the Director of Cricket. His track record shows that he played overall 54 test matches and around 62 One Day Internationals for the England team prior to getting forced to retire due to a recurring hip injury.
Ashley started his cricket career as a fast bowler though his early injury forced him to quit being a slow left arm spinner. It was in 1993 that he made his first class debut for Warwickshire, and in 1996, he gained a regular place in the side, winning the NBC Denis Compton Award for being the most promising young player in the club.
What’s more, Giles got awarded for his one day international debut played against Australia in 1997. The next season, he took 36 wickets leading his first test match against South Africa. Even though Giles didn’t make the most fluent bowling actions and was unable to turn the ball, his 6 feet 4 height made his to extract many bounces. This right handed batsman scored 3 first class centuries, with his highest international score being only 59, which of course helped England team to win the Ashes in 2005.
Giles was the foremost choice for spin bowler between 2000 and 2006, though he had to constantly justify his selection. Post his retirement in 2007; Ashley became the director of cricket of Warwickshire team. Two months later, he was named as the official spin coach in the England Performance Programme. In 2008, he was also added to a new panel and was also named as Honorary Citizen of the town post 2005 Ashes success.