The England Cricket Board has announced their first scapegoat of the Ashes humiliation down under and it is none other than Ashley Giles. The managing director of ECB, Giles although stepped down on his own but there is a very likelihood that he was in the firing line of ECB. Giles was heavily criticized after he handed the powers of selection also to the coach Chris Silverwood.

“Ashley Giles is standing down as managing director, England men’s cricket,” said an England and Wales Cricket Board statement. According to the reports, there were heated words between Giles and Tom Harrison and it appeared back then only that things would only look downhill for Giles.

Now that Giles has been removed, the caretaker role would fall on Andrew Strauss for the time being. England is to depart for West Indies on the 24th of February and there is every likelihood that Alec Stewart would be given an interim job who has expressed a keen interest in taking on that role.

Strauss is known for taking hard measures. In 2015 WC, when England did not qualify even for the quarters, the first thing that Strauss did to lead the turnaround was to fire the under-performing coach Peter Moores.