FORMER England international Test cricketer Ashley Giles MBE will be speaking at Hereford Rowing Club next Thursday.

Giles played 54 Test matches and 62 One Day Internationals for England before being forced to retire due to a recurring hip injury.

Giles started his career as a fast bowler before an early injury forced him to become a slow left-arm spinner.

His Test match career saw right-handed batsman Giles 1,421 runs for England over the 54 Tests taking 143 wickets.

Between 1992 and 1995, Giles played the majority of his games for Warwickshire Seconds scoring over 2,500 runs and taking 165 wickets in this period.

He made his first-class debut for Warwickshire against Kent in May 1993 and went on to play 178 matches of First Class cricket scoring 5,346 runs and taking 539 wickets.

Following his retirement, in September 2007, Giles has had several coaching roles in the game.

He is currently Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC.

Herefordshire Cricket Society are organising the talk on Thursday, November 15, with the event starting at 7.30pm.

Entry is £5 for non-members. For more details contact Ken Sharpe on 01432 359990.