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Saker backs bowlers for World Cup tilt

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Fast bowling coach David Saker spoke to the media on the day England arrived in Hobart

Fast bowling coach David Saker believes England's attack can inspire them to a first World Cup title.

Despite having never won the trophy, Andrew Strauss' side are one of the favourites for the tournament in the sub-continent, which starts next month, following their recent improvement in the limited-overs game.

England have won their past six one-day series and are the World Twenty20 champions following their success last May.

Much of their progress has been attributed to a settled bowling attack under the guidance of Saker.

James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan have become a trusted front-line combination while spinners Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy have established themselves as the men to tie down the rate, and take wickets, in the middle overs.

With a queue of possible replacements such as Ajmal Shahzad, Chris Woakes and Ashes winner Chris Tremlett, England will go into the tournament with arguably one of the strongest bowling units whoever they name in their 15-man squad tomorrow.

"I'm confident the attack we are going to take over there is good enough to give it a shake," Saker said.

Ajmal Shahzad, David Saker & Chris Woakes

Saker insists England's bowlers "will have to be able to execute skills, especially slower balls and yorkers," during the World Cup

"In India the bowlers will have to be able to execute skills, especially slower balls and yorkers.

"That's pretty important to the way we go about it so if they can execute those skills then we feel we have a chance to go places."

Without the injured Broad and rested Anderson, England's second-string seamers did, however, struggle in the first one-day international in Melbourne on Sunday as Australia chased down 295 for victory.

Shane Watson's unbeaten 161 inspired the hosts' chase on a slow MCG wicket, similar to the conditions England can expect on the sub-continent.

Saker said it was an important lesson for his bowlers but believes they have shown their ability to adapt to new conditions in the past.

Series wins in South Africa, Bangladesh and the Twenty20 success in the Caribbean have underlined their ability to win on different surfaces, and Saker added: "We've come up with good plans every time we play.

"We make sure we have a good look at the players we're playing and the wicket we're playing on and pick a team accordingly.

"It will be different (in the World Cup) there's no doubt about it.

"We will have to adapt our style of bowling; developing different balls for the sub-continent will be something that is very important for us.

"The wicket that we played on the other day at the MCG was similar to a sub-continent wicket so we learned something out of that.

"I've had some good experience with the IPL (coaching Delhi Daredevils) over there with some of their wickets so I hope that will stand us in good stead."

James Anderson & David Saker

Saker, who helped England's fast bowlers dominate Australia in the Ashes, said: "Coaches are only as good as their players"

Paul Collingwood was dropped for the MCG defeat due to his poor form with the bat.

Saker revealed the 34-year-old would get his chance to establish himself back in the team before the end of the current seven-match series, which resumes in Hobart on Friday, after admitting his presence was missed in the opening-match loss.

"Paul's just out of a little bit of form at the moment but I am sure that he'll bounce back," he said.

"He's an important player in our squad - he adds a lot to our game. I think we missed his energy in the field the other night. He's also good with the ball.

"With these seven games we are going out to win them but there will be opportunities for Paul to get some batting time and hopefully he can get some runs because he's extremely important."

Collingwood retired from Tests during the final match of England’s Ashes win, a success Saker has been partially credited for.

However, the 44-year-old former Victoria and Tasmania seamer stressed the contribution of the tourists’ pacemen in the Test series above his.

"It has been flattering that I've been getting some press, but I think a lot of it should go to the bowlers," he said.

"We put some plans in place, myself and the bowlers, and they executed the plans really well. At the end of the day, coaches are only as good as their players.

"We put some really good things in place but they were outstanding the way they executed their skills. It was their doing, not mine."

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