Giles reacts as Lancashire stay up
Head Coach and Cricket Director Ashley Giles has reacted after Lancashire confirmed their position in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship next year.
Lancashire were beaten by Warwickshire at Edgbaston, but with Durham beating Hampshire, the Red Rose finished seventh in the table with Nottinghamshire and Hampshire both relegated.
“It is very much of a case of got out of jail, but I’m sure this group will be better for this experience next year,” said Giles, whose side were beaten by 237 runs.
“We have to learn from this and be more disciplined.
“We knew it would be a struggle this season. We outperformed expectations up front, and suddenly everyone’s going ‘we’re going to win the Championship’.
“That’s why I started the season saying ‘we need to stay up’. I didn’t mean that negatively. It’s because of where we are.
“I knew that if we consolidated our position in Division One, we’d be better for it next year. And I stand by that.
“This is the probably the worst of our defeats in terms of statistics,” he said. “We’ve played in some tight games and ones which we can look back on and say ‘that could have gone either way’.
“But, overall, if you don’t win games of cricket, you’re going to be behind the eight-ball.
“I will say at the same time that we’ve been able to blood some really good youngsters and we’ve seen some really good performances.
“In this match we’ve got 10 homegrown players, which feels good. But losing doesn’t feel good. You have to find balance.
“Right now, this team lacks the experience and quality.
“But, at the start of next season, with the way Test cricket falls, we could have Jimmy Anderson, Haseeb, we could have Jos and an overseas player. Suddenly, the side looks very different.”