Saker signs on
England fast bowling coach David Saker has committed to the England team for at least a further three years after today extending his contract with the England and Wales Cricket Board.
Saker, who first joined the England team management ahead of the successful ICC World Twenty20 campaign in April 2010, will continue to work with England’s elite bowlers until at least 2013.
Prior to taking up the post as England fast bowling coach, Saker represented Victoria and Tasmania from 1994 until 2004 before returning to Victoria in the role of assistant coach and co-ordinator of Cricket Victoria's high performance unit.
Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, said: “Since joining the England team management David has forged a strong and successful relationship with the England bowlers and indeed the entire England set-up.
“We are delighted David has agreed to continue in the role for at least another three years as he’s a vital part of the England management team and his experience and expertise are greatly valued.
“David came into the role with excellent credentials, integrated immediately and has worked extremely well with the England bowlers across all formats of the game.
“I know the current crop of bowlers along with those young bowlers coming through the England system will continue to benefit from his ongoing hard work and know-how.”
Saker said: “Since joining the England team I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with a talented and hard working group of England bowlers.
“The depth of bowling talent currently throughout the England ranks is something that excites me and I’m really looking forward to building on the progress we’ve made in recent times.
“There is still a lot of improvement ahead for the England squad, including the bowling unit, and I look forward to the challenge of continuing to test the bowlers as they seek to improve and better themselves.”