Ashley Giles position as national team coach is increasingly becoming dicey after England were humiliated by the Netherlands in an inconsequential ICC World Twenty20 match in Chittagong on Monday. According to reports, the England and Wales Cricket Board has shortlisted Australian Trevor Bayliss for the head coach's job.
According to the Telegraph,, Bayliss, who is on the coaching staff of Indian Premier League team Kolkata Knight Riders, will be interviewed by the ECB to succeed Zimbabwean Andy Flower, who resigned as England's head coach after the Ashes whitewash. (Also read: 'England cricket needs total rethinking after Dutch disaster')
Giles will be interviewed over the next couple of weeks, too. Bayliss, who is the current New South Wales coach, has been part of the Sri Lankan national team along with Stuart Law. Former England head coach Peter Moores and Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell will also be interviewed by the ECB.
On Monday, England suffered the ultimate humiliation of losing to an Associate ICC member. The 45-run defeat completed a miserable season for England, who have ODI and T20 series in Australia and the West Indies. Giles has managed the team for most of the games. But the defeat against the Dutch has been the lowest point. Being bowled out for 88 by Mudassar Bukhari, a former assistant manager of Burger King at Amsterdam airport, was indeed a reflection of the sad state of affairs.
"It never helps does it, losing to Holland," Giles said. "We wanted to leave here after what in some ways were some positive performances with a win. It has been a difficult winter. The sun will still come up tomorrow but sometimes it feels like it won't when you have days like that at the office and it wasn't good from anyone. I'm sure the ECB know that but there is not much more we can say except that it was unacceptable and embarrassing."
Giles, of course, is expecting a second chance to coach England. Another opportunity to rebuild England, with a Kevin Pietersen. Haven't the players let Giles down?
"We are all in this together. Don't get me wrong, when the guys go out there, there has to be some personal responsibility there as well, but we are a team, we stick together and we have all lost that match. It should hurt those guys as much as it hurts me and I hope it does," said Giles.
"I would hope they will know that is not acceptable. Those sorts of performances are not good. We are playing for our country, all of us, every time you put on an England shirt, bowl a ball, field a ball, hit a ball you have to have everything in it and we weren't today.
"It wouldn't be your ideal way to go out. I said yesterday that we would have the odd blip and they don't get much bigger than this. If there could be any bright side it was that it wasn't all on going through to the semis. You would have hoped the team would have reacted differently if it was. It was a little bit of complacency but we can't afford those sorts of performances in a year. It is just not good enough."