The worst part is that he is indefinitely out of competitive cricket as the ECB has not set any specific time-frame for his return.
Under Giles, England won the 50-over Cricket World Cup for the first time but has had a turbulent time in the test format, with the ECB's focus seemingly having been on white-ball cricket.
England trail the ongoing five-match Ashes series 0-3.
By not playing the series opener, the team management feels Anderson can be better prepared for the subsequent pink-ball Test in Adelaide.
England are scheduled to travel to Rawalpindi in October for two Twenty20 Internationals, in what will be their first visit to Pakistan since 2005.
After the Manchester test got called off owing to a Covid scare, both the BCCI and England Cricket Board officials announced that the match will be rescheduled at a later date as a one-off game.
Indian cricket board and ECB decide to call off Manchester Test, series stays 2-1 as of now.
Harrison said the developments of the past couple of days have been devastating and everything necessary was done to convince the Indian players
England Vs India: BCCI says Manchester Test to be rescheduled after cancellation over Covid concerns
Although the BCCI had asked the players to get on with the match in a communication sent late Thursday night, things changed overnight with the Indian players putting up a firm stance.
The ECB said Smith, who succeeds James Whitaker, would be part of a 'new approach to scouting, assessing and selecting players for the senior men's Test, T20 and one-day sides'.