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Last Updated: Tuesday, 3 August, 2004, 17:47 GMT 18:47 UK
Giles' royal seal of approval
Ashley Giles (right) with England colleagues

Ashley Giles' recent heroics for England have seen him elevated to head of state.

Don't panic, Queenie, your kingdom is safe - although over in Madrid, Juan Carlos must be looking nervously over his shoulder.

The reason for all the excitement lies in the souvenir shop at Warwickshire - Giles' home county.

Since the born-again off-spinner grabbed 18 wickets in two Test matches, punters have been inundating staff with requests for mugs bearing the inscription: "Ashley Giles, King of Spain".

You can probably guess what's coming next.

Yes, dear readers - when Warwickshire commissioned the mugs to commemorate their new favourite son, they had in fact requested the words: "Ashley Giles, King of SPIN".

Easy mistake to make.

But all is not lost, because the Warwickshire faithful have demanded the mugs be left with the misprint on - and there are even some "El Gilo" specials doing the rounds.

Club shop manager Keith Butler said: "We had a batch of 200 that had pictures of Ashley on one side and King Juan Carlos on the other - they've sold out."


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