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Last Updated:  Monday, 6 January, 2003, 17:33 GMT

Ashley Giles
Ashley Giles
Born: 19/3/73
Team: Warwickshire
ODI debut: 24/5/97
Past World Cups: -

Left-arm off-spin bowler
Right-handed batsman

Giles took time to claim a place in the team and almost six years after his debut he has only recently had any pretension to claiming a permanent spot.

That despite being a strong contributor with both bat and ball.

He started out as a fast bowler but had a career change in the early nineties when injury forced him to adapt to spin.

Giles broke into the international squad in 1997 but never played more than three matches in a year until the last 12 months.

That poor return has been largely due to injury since he was selected for a central contract in 2001.

And another injury on the Ashes tour, where he sustained a broken wrist, means he arrives at the World Cup with limited match practice.

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