Giles left with mixed emotions

The Bolton News: Ashley Giles feels there are positives for England to take from the experience Ashley Giles feels there are positives for England to take from the experience

England coach Ashley Giles will leave the World Twenty20 with a mixture of pride and frustration after his side failed to make the semi-finals.

Although they still have one Super 10 fixture to fulfil, against Holland on Monday, England's hopes of a knockout place were ended by a three-run defeat to South Africa on Saturday.

Although he made his name as a slow left-armer, Giles was careful not to put too much spin on his review of the team's efforts - admitting the end result was disappointing.

But having made totals of 172, 190 and 193, he can rightly argue his team have not been outclassed, at least with bat in hand.

"It's pure frustration to play so positively with the bat in the three games and come up short," he said.

"Some of the things we've been looking to do since Australia - not losing wickets up front, getting a base, expressing ourselves...we've done.

"But there were areas we need to improve - certainly in the field and with the ball at times.

"You can't pull the wool over anyone's eyes: we've just been knocked out the World Cup. But there were positives, quite a few of them.

"The group as a whole has worked very hard and maintained a good spirit, they've run headlong into these games and Sri Lanka are a fantastic outfit, so to win that game was a highlight.

"I'm disappointed for the guys because they have worked hard. I can't knock the effort."

The entire tenor of the trip to Bangladesh will change, though, if England fail to defeat the Dutch.

Having been routed for a world record 39 all out against Sri Lanka, the Associate nation have been much more competitive and gave the Proteas a big scare before throwing away their chance.

Giles, whose prospects of the top job may be irreparably harmed by a shock loss, is fully aware of the game's importance.

"It does represent a banana skin, as it has to a couple of the other teams - or very close to that," he said.

"South Africa probably should have lost that game, I couldn't quite understand what the Dutch were doing at the back end, and they gave New Zealand a good run as well.

"I made it very clear last night as we left the ground that we must prepare for this game as we would have if we'd beaten South Africa.

"It's a World Cup game, we're playing for England and we need to win the match.

"Whether we're in the competition or out of it, winning games of cricket is important."

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