Ashley Giles can make England world-beaters - Graeme Swann

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Graeme Swann has backed Ashley Giles to become England's permanent head coach and believes the team can become "world-beaters" again.

Swann said Giles had been unfairly tarnished by poor results following the Ashes whitewash in Australia.

The retired off-spinner added he expected England to move "onwards and upwards" after that disastrous tour.

"England have got enough talent and enough great players in county cricket to have a world-beating team," he said.

England, who are currently on tour in the West Indies, will announce a new coach to take control of all forms of the game in April after the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

Limited-overs coach Giles is the favourite to succeed Andy Flower. who stepped down following the 5-0 Ashes whitewash in Australia.

Giles, who led Warwickshire to the County Championship title in 2012, steered England to the final of the Champions Trophy on home soil in June but oversaw just one victory in eight one-day and Twenty20 matches in Australia.

"Gilo is the man to lead the England team forward," said Swann, who is working as a pundit for Test Match Special on England's limited-overs tour of West Indies.

"He did a cracking job during the Champions Trophy. People seem to have forgotten that and seem to just tally him with the one-day series in Australia.

"He's a very good coach who had a sublime record at Warwickshire. He knows the system, he was brought in by Andy Flower to take over that one-day role and I don't see any reason why he shouldn't carry on."

England's stock has fallen in all three forms of the game of late.

The team are currently ranked fourth in Tests, fifth in ODIs and eighth in Twenty20sexternal-link having enjoyed a spell at the top of all three formats at different points in the last three years.

But Swann remains convinced that England's domestic game can produce the players to turn things around.

"Cricket is cyclical and certain teams emerge on top and certain players come to fruition at different times and help their team win stuff," he said.

"England have got enough talent and enough great players in county cricket to have a world-beating team.

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"If three or four players fire at the same time, England will be one of the best teams in the world, if not the best team."

Swann also welcomed Monday's appointment of Flower as technical director of elite coaching by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Zimbabwean Flower led England to three Ashes series victories and the World Twenty20 in 2010 and Swann said it was "vital" that he remained involved.

"It's easy to look back at this winter and blame Andy for it, but that's nonsense," Swann added.

"It was the players on the field who didn't perform this winter. It's nothing to do with the coaching.

"He knows the game inside out, he knows the players and I think it is brilliant that he is still involved."

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