Giles backs England for World Cup

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Cricket - England Nets - Edgbaston - 10/9/13 England coach Ashley Giles during nets. Reuters/Action Images / Paul Childs Livepic

LONDON (Reuters) – England must make the most of their “best opportunity” to win a World Cup as well as regain the Ashes series on home soil this year, new director of cricket Ashley Giles has said.

England have never won a 50-overs World Cup but the team will be high on confidence heading into the event starting in May following one-day series wins over Sri Lanka, India, Australia and New Zealand last year.

The test team were blanked 4-0 by Australia in the last Ashes series Down Under but Giles backed them to respond strongly and recapture the coveted urn when they face their arch-rivals in August and September.

“I believe we can win the World Cup and the Ashes. This year creates probably the best opportunity for a long time,” Giles, who took over role last month, told BBC Sport.

“I think with World Cups we found ourselves, in the past, suddenly running into a bit of a meltdown or change – that’s not the case this time around.”

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