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Giles targets Pakistan return


Ashley_Giles England’s leading spin bowler is confident that he can recover from a hernia problem in time to face Pakistan in the four-Test home series beginning in July. The 33-year-old Warwickshire left-armer will miss the May/June series against Sri Lanka after undergoing surgery and is one of several key England players to have suffered injury since the team’s Ashes success over Australia last year. “It has measurably improved over the last three days and I’m already back on the exercise bike at home,” Giles, who has also been bothered by a hip problem, told. “They told me I could be back running within a fortnight and I can see that happening. I’m not setting targets, but six weeks to be back playing again in some form feels like it’s realistic,” added spinner, who had surgery last week following a lengthy diagnosis period. “With hindsight, I probably should have had the hip done before I went to Pakistan. Looking at footage of my bowling action towards the end of last summer, it’s obvious that I wasn’t putting any weight through my front leg,” he said. After a long apprenticeship, Giles has developed into a useful spinner for England and is now rated as something of an all-rounder having chalked up an average of almost 25 in his last 20 Tests. As a key member of the Ashes-winning team, he is obviously keen to return to the side in time to defend the urn in Australia at the end of the year.Source:The News

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