Ashes Senior players pivotal to England's chances, says Ashley Giles

Ashley Giles has called on England's senior players to "come to the fore" if they are to regain the Ashes from Australia.

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Senior players pivotal to England's Ashes chances, says Ashley Giles

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England's senior players hold the key to Ashes success and must perform if Trevor Bayliss' side are to beat their old adversaries Australia, according to Ashley Giles.

The former England spinner - who was an integral part of England's 2005 Ashes win - believes it is time the more experienced players led from the front to allow their promising youngsters to flourish without too much pressure.

In 2005 the performances of Giles, Andrew Flintoff, Matthew Hoggard, Andrew Strauss and Marcus Trescothick were key to England's success, allowing the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Steve Harmison to play with freedom.

And the Lancashire head coach says something similar has to happen in 2015 if England are to regain the Ashes against a strong Australian side.

"They need their senior players to shine," he told Perform. "[James] Anderson, [Stuart] Broad, [Ian] Bell...these guys need to come to the fore.

"[Joe] Root's been pretty consistent over this last period, Jos Buttler's settled nicely into Test cricket but it's your senior guys who need to bare the main weight of expectation and results.

"One guy having a good summer is not going to beat the Australians. We need the team to play well."

Some have suggested Australia's ageing touring party could come unstuck against a young, vibrant England side, but Giles - a former England limited-overs coach - does not agree and believes the visitors are a force to be reckoned with.

He added: "[It will be] a tough challenge. An Aussie side that's confident, [are] World Cup winners - I know it's one day cricket but they are confident.

"They have good leadership in Darren Lehmann, Michael Clarke and some very good players. Plus the emergence of another tall left-arm quick bowler in Mitchell Starc, so they're going to be really tough to beat."

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