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David Saker

David Saker played for Victoria from 1994 to 2000 then Tasmania until 2004

The ECB today announced the appointment of David Saker as England fast bowling coach.

Saker joins the ECB following a six-year tenure as assistant coach of Victoria, the state he represented at first-class level on 49 occasions.

In his role as Victoria assistant coach, Saker has led the Bushrangers to the past two Sheffield Shield titles and four domestic Twenty20 tiles in the past five years.

He was head coach of Delhi Daredevils during last year's Champions League Twenty20, following an assistant coach's role with the franchise throughout the initial two seasons of the Indian Premier League.

Saker made his debut for Victoria in 1994 before going on to play 23 first-class matches for Tasmania from 2000-2004.

He returned to Victoria in the role of assistant coach and co-ordinator of Cricket Victoria's high performance unit, working closely with the likes of Australia internationals Peter Siddle, Dirk Nannes, Clint McKay and Andrew McDonald.

The 43-year-old takes over the post as England fast bowling coach from Ottis Gibson, who was appointed West Indies head coach in February.

He is expected to join the England team in time for the forthcoming ICC World Twenty20 in the Caribbean at the end of the month.

Saker said: "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.

“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."

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

“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."

Hugh Morris, managing director - England Cricket, said: "We're pleased to appoint David Saker as England fast bowling coach after an exhaustive recruitment process that included a number of world-class candidates.

"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."