Former England spinner and new Director of England Crcket, Ashley Giles said on Wednesday that England can win the World Cup 2019 at home and can also regain the Ashes which will be played after the World Cup is over in July.

The former England spinner told BBC Sport: “I believe we can win the World Cup and the Ashes. This year creates probably the best opportunity for a long time.

“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.”

“I think the focus on white-ball cricket has been a real step change in what we do,” added Giles. “I was involved from a coaching perspective in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and white ball played second fiddle to Test cricket.

“Andrew addressed that balance and the results are pretty clear. I know it must have been incredibly difficult to give up the role on the eve of a World Cup he has worked so hard towards.”

A return to splitting duties for different formats of the game between two men is again an option, with Giles adamant “it can work”.

“My experiences with Andy don’t lead me away from doing split coaches,” he added.

“What we are seeing with players is, once where we thought we may have red-ball and white-ball players, a lot play a few forms of the game now. There is a case to have the same guy managing them.

“With the workloads we have coming up, it is one of the options to have split coaches, either at the top or underneath.

“There’s always a shelf life to this too. You’re not going to be in coaching or management for 10 years. A dressing room stops listening.”

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