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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 November 2006, 08:07 GMT
Giles predicts England fightback
Ashley Giles celebrates
Giles marked his first Test for a year with the wicket of Damien Martyn
Spinner Ashley Giles insisted England could still make an impact on the first Ashes Test despite a tough opening day in the field in Brisbane.

Australia ended play on 346-3 as Ricky Ponting helped himself to 137 not out after winning the toss.

"Things didn't go as well as we'd have liked, but there's plenty of spirit in this England camp.

"We'll come out fighting and if we can get a couple of early wickets, we can get right in among them," said Giles.

Because I've changed the angle of delivery I need to get my pace from other areas.

Ashley Giles

The 33-year-old was a surprise selection in some eyes as he had not played Test cricket for a year because of a hip problem which required two operations.

But his superior batting ability won him the nod over rival Monty Panesar, who had done so well for England in Giles's absence.

"There were days when I thought I might not play cricket again, so to be here on the first day of an Ashes series and back in the side is a great thrill for me.

"It's been a lot of hard work, but I've had a lot of support from my team-mates, the coaching staff and my family. I owe them a lot," he said.

Giles was informed of his inclusion in the team on the eve of the game and admitted it had "set the nerves jangling".

He has been working on refinements to his action since being cleared to return to action and is still getting used to the differences.

"I've tried to get a bit closer around the wicket, be more consistent around the wicket and be more attacking but my pace is something I need to work on.

"Because I've changed the angle of delivery I need to get my pace from other areas. I am still learning a lot about my action in matches. I hope it will develop and the action will get better and better," he added.

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