England one-day coach Ashley Giles has admitted his team was battered during their seven-wicket defeat to India in Ranchi on Saturday in the third ODI, but he decided now was not the time to give his battered players the hair-dryer treatment.
After four years as a selector, Giles was installed last month to give Director of Cricket Andy Flower some respite, and with the remit to win England's first major one-day trophy, the Daily Express reports.
With the Champions Trophy looming in June, time and matches are short for Giles, who has seen a team missing several senior players found badly wanting, the paper said.
The worrying thing for Giles is that the two heavy defeats, the latest by seven wickets in Ranchi on Saturday, have been caused by England's poor batting, as the experimental part of this five-match series is largely in the bowling department, the paper added.
Giles said the team got battered on Saturday, and added that at least he is learning things about the players in the England dressing room.
Giles added that it was their best side and if they had got beaten like that, then he and captain Alastair Cook might have had a few nightmares on Saturday night.
As Warwickshire coach, Giles said he had ripped into the players only once or twice, and was not about to do it two weeks into his new job, which is virtually at full strength.
Only Jonathan Trott is missing from what is regarded as England's strongest who has not reacted well to the pressure is Jade Dernbach, who finds himself rated as the most expensive bowler in ODI history with an 'economy rate' of 6.28 runs per over. (ANI)