Ashley Giles has been named as England's limited-overs head coach as team director Andy Flower looks to reduce his role with the national team.

The England and Wales Cricket Board have confirmed that former off-spinner Giles will take over the reins to "provide a more efficient and sustainable use of coaching resources".

Flower will remain as England team director, and tour with the Test team, but Giles will take over for next month's limited overs tour of India. The change in structure will see Giles report to Flower who will retain the "accountability for the results of England cricket".

Flower has previously stated his desire to dilute his role at the top following the heavy burden of the cricket calendar. The Zimbabwean has previously taken short breaks from his duties in charge of the national team during limited-overs series in the past two years.

"I'm very excited by these changes and very much looking forward to working with Ashley Giles as we look to build on the success England cricket has had in the last few years," Flower said.

"The changes in my role will provide me with new challenges and the time to allow me to focus on areas that are important if England cricket is to continually improve. These include developing strategies to give us an opportunity for sustaining success in all three formats of the game.

"The change in role will also allow me to thoroughly plan and prepare for each of our international series whilst spending the right amount of time at home with my young family."

Giles led Warwickshire to the LV= County Championship title last season, in his role as director of cricket, and welcomed the opportunity to move into international ranks.

"I am delighted to have been appointed England ODI and T20 head coach and to be given an opportunity to coach at international level," he said.

"I have worked closely with Andy in recent years as a selector and am looking forward to continuing to work together and to build on the progress that has been made with the ODI and T20 sides in recent years."