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Ashley Giles calls time on cricket career

Gilo Some two months ago, after Ashley Giles had been a constant presence in the Test Match Special commentary box at Headingley, I suggested that perhaps he had bowled his last over and that has been confirmed today. I also mentioned that he has a very nice voice for radio, and listening to him today talking about both his playing past and what the future will bring, I am happy to confirm that too!

Praise and plaudits are already flooding in for this most under-rated and extremely modest man and we here at The Googly add our thanks for the cricket he played for us, and wish him all the best for the future. We understand that Ashley will be continuing his role as a nascent broadcaster as he accompanies the TMS team to Sri Lanka this coming winter. It is fitting perhaps, that a new career behind the microphone may well be consolidated in the country where during the 2003-04 tour, Ashley (after remodelling his action and suffering a torrid time in Bangladesh) emerged as a true star of the team with 18 wickets in the series and a matchsaving stand with the bat in the first Test at Galle.

Never a true allrounder, Giles worked hard with the bat and his Test-best 59 in a century partnership with Kevin Pietersen at the Oval in 2005 ensured that England won that glorious Ashes series. He is one of an exclusive club of only ten cricketers who have made 1000 Test runs and taken 100 Test wickets. Not bad for a "Wheelie-bin".

I'll leave other sites to go into all the details and statistics about Gilo's international career. What shines out for me about Ashley and why I'll miss him in the England side is not facts or figures but that he's always been the most honest, honourable and humble of cricketers who genuinely loves the game and feels fortunate that he's had his chance to play at the highest level.

In his own words: "I've lived in the cricket bubble, and now it's burst. I'll have to go and find some work now!"

[Image: Getty] [mimitig]

August 9, 2007 in English cricket, General musings, West Indies in England, 2007 | Permalink | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

Comments

That's fine stuff Mimi and complements the genuine warmth on show here http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/sport/2007/08/09/on_second_thoughts_ashley_gile.html

Posted by: The Tooting Trumpet | 9 Aug 2007 15:37:14

Thanks TT - I wrote this before reading Smyth's piece, but it seems that he and I are as one in our fondness for Giles.

Posted by: mimi | 9 Aug 2007 15:47:18

Great piece, affectionate as it should be for Gilo, completely agree.

Stats will abound yes, but 2 Ashes 2005 moments say it for me:
His first wicket after being maligned by, and hitting back at, the press - when his team mates so publicly showed their support for him.
His winning runs at Trent Bridge - I welled right up.

Posted by: LynnB | 9 Aug 2007 16:04:15

Ah, that bat in the air as he "ran" the two with Hoggy. Happy, happy days.

Posted by: The Tooting Trumpet | 9 Aug 2007 16:11:04

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