After taking over as director of England men’s cricket on Monday, Ashley Giles has revealed he wants to make England ‘the most respected team in the world’, the Telegraph report.
Giles, who took over from Andrew Strauss after leaving the role due to personal reasons, met the England Test squad on Friday before they flew out to the West Indies.
England and West Indies have had previous history for clashes on the pitch, with the most recent coming between Marlon Samuels and Ben Stokes.
And with an Ashes series on home soil against Australia approaching in the summer, along with hosting a World Cup, Giles admitted he wants England teams in all formats to be the most respected team in the world.
We still want people to play cricket hard. We don’t want bland cricket played out on the field. What is that line? It is hard sometimes to know what it is but I want us to play tough cricket on the pitch.
But as much as I want us to be the best team in the world, I also want us to be the most respected team in the world over how we go about things. That is going to be challenged. There are going to be things that pop up that would go against that but it is part of my role to manage that.
Giles also confirmed that the midnight curfew put in place following Stokes’ actions last summer remains in place for the tour of the West Indies.
England will play the West Indies in three Test matches, five ODI’s and three Twenty 20 fixtures in what will be their last series before the World Cup.