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Australian David Saker named new England bowling coach

David Saker
Saker coached the Delhi Daredevils during the 2009 Champions League

Australian David Saker has been named England's new bowling coach, succeeding Ottis Gibson who was appointed West Indies head coach in February.

Saker, 43, played 49 first-class games for Victoria and has spent the last six years as the state's assistant coach.

He is set to join up with England in time for the ICC World Twenty20.

"David has a wealth of playing and coaching experience and will be a valuable addition to the England set-up," said England coach Andy Flower.

"His record with Victoria in recent times is second to none and he has managed the development of a number of top-class fast bowlers.

"We were sorry to see Ottis Gibson leave the position but we believe we've found an excellent successor and look forward to David joining us in the lead up to what will be an exciting and challenging year ahead."

Saker's appointment came as a surprise as it was announced only hours after newspaper reports claimed the job had been offered to former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott.

The pair were thought to be on a shortlist which also included former South Africa paceman Allan Donald, who told BBC Sport in February that he was interested in succeeding Gibson, Warwickshire assistant coach Dougie Brown and Gloucestershire bowling coach Stuart Barnes.

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Saker has not coached at the highest level but that did not prove a handicap to Troy Cooley, who played a crucial role in helping England win the 2005 Ashes series before becoming Australia's bowling coach.

And he has helped Victoria win last two Sheffield Shield titles and four domestic Twenty20 crowns in the past five years and was head coach of the Delhi Daredevils during the 2009 Champions League following an assistant coach's role with the franchise in the first two seasons of the Indian Premier League.

"I've long held ambitions of coaching at international level so the prospect of working with the England team is something I'm very much looking forward to and excited by," said Saker, who worked closely with the likes of Peter Siddle, Dirk Nannes, Clint McKay and Andrew McDonald as co-ordinator of Cricket Victoria's high performance unit.

"I've really enjoyed my time as assistant coach with the Bushrangers and I'm now aiming to take my coaching to the next level with the England team.

"I believe I can offer the England bowlers a great deal and oversee their development at the highest level.This role will be challenging but there's no question I'm looking forward to working with the impressive crop of bowlers currently in and around the England team."

Hugh Morris, the ECB's managing director, said Saker has emerged from "an exhaustive recruitment process that included a number of world-class candidates".

He added: "David's credentials are exceptional and we believe we've secured an outstanding bowling coach who'll take up a vital full-time role within the England team management."



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see also
Donald interested in England role
03 Feb 10 |  England
Gibson named as new Windies coach
02 Feb 10 |  England
Donald gives up England team role
28 Sep 07 |  England
Gibson takes England bowling role
14 Oct 07 |  England


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