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Man with Tuffest job in cricket!; Giles out to spin Phil into the cold.

Phil Tufnell is the best slow left arm bowler in England and it is only right and proper that he will be touring Zimbabwe and New Zealand this winter.

That is the confirmed opinion of a young man who will be sweating and spinning away in Australia for the next couple of months with his heart set on making sure Tufnell never plays for England again!

"He's the best we've got," said Warwickshire's Ashley Giles before he flew out of Heathrow with the England A team on Wednesday night.

"The best by a long way, but this tour is my chance and I'm treating it as that.

"I'm hoping to do well, obviously. If I do, then I can go even further. But at the moment I'm not thinking too much about that. My first job is to just get on and enjoy it."

There will be many envious eyes watching to see just how the 6ft 4in Warwickshire giant does get along on his first trip to Australia - not least of all his captain Adam Hollioake.

The Surrey vice captain was a pal of Giles when they were playing together in the Surrey Under-19 side before Ashley was allowed to slip away to Edgbaston.

And there he met up with the two men who changed his life so much that he is now on the verge of an England place - Dermot Reeve and Bob Woolmer, the former Warwickshire coach. "Bob is a great coach - technically he is brilliant," enthuses Giles.

"And I could not speak highly enough of Dermot. He was different class, absolutely brilliant. Once I got in the team Dermot gave me all the confidence I could ask for." The tour kicks off on Thursday with a two-day game against New South Wales Second XI .

But already England have hit trouble. Plans for a full practice session in Sydney Cricket Ground's nets were ruined by damp conditions yesterday.

The wet outfield prevented them from doing little other than a strenuous fielding and catching workout.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Whiting, Steve
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 27, 1996
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