Sunday Express - - SPORT - By Gary Fitzger­ald

SHLEY GILES is con­fi­dent none of his Eng­land play­ers will step out of line in the West In­dies – and he trusts Ben Stokes to be­have him­self. make mis­takes and I’m sure Ben has learned from his ex­pe­ri­ences.

“But we still want guys to play cricket hard. We don’t want bland crick­eters out on the field. I want us to play tough cricket.

“And as much as I want us to be the best team in the world, I want us to be the most re­spected too in terms of how we go about things.

“That’s go­ing to be a chal­lenge as there are things that will prob­a­bly go against that. My role is check­ing what the dress­ing room is do­ing. I can’t do that on my own be­cause I won’t be in a track­suit in the dress­ing room but we have a lot of very good peo­ple I will tap into.

“How we play and how we are viewed out­wardly is re­ally im­por­tant to me. It’s how we are seen and re­spected.”

Giles is also con­fi­dent Root will be rar­ing to go de­spite playing in Aus­tralia’s Big Bash be­tween the tours of Sri Lanka and West In­dies. There have been sug­ges­tions that Root, who plays in all for­mats for his coun­try, could suf­fer from burnout, hav­ing played so much with barely a break.

But Giles said: “I’m not say­ing the cap­taincy wears him down but per­haps the op­por­tu­nity to play with­out hav­ing it on his shoul­ders would have been quite nice.

“I’ve watched a fair amount of the Big Bash and he did not have the suc­cess he would have wanted. But just get­ting some T20 cricket ac­tion can only be ben­e­fi­cial, whether it’s a good or bad ex­pe­ri­ence.”

LES­SONS LEARNED: But Ash­ley Giles (right) still wants Ben Stokes to play hard and tough CAP: words

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