Warne backs Saker appointment

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David Saker

Seamer David Saker played for Victoria with Shane Warne from 1994 to 2000

Shane Warne believes the ECB has made an astute choice in appointing his former Victoria team-mate David Saker as its new fast bowling coach.

Saker was appointed on Thursday following a six-year tenure as assistant coach of Victoria, the state he represented at first-class level on 49 occasions from 1994 to 2000 before joining Tasmania.

The 43-year-old played alongside Warne for Victoria where he made his name as a right-arm quick in an almost decade-long career in Australian domestic cricket.

Saker’s appointment followed Ottis Gibson’s departure in February to coach his native West Indies.

“I was privileged enough to play alongside David Saker and captain him,” Warne told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“He was a very good player, very passionate about the game of cricket and understands bowling very well.

“He’ll be excellent for the England dressing room. He can be a little in-your-face at times and pretty aggressive, but he’s absolutely spot on.

“He’ll definitely help England out, that’s for sure. I’m sure the England players will enjoy him and the bowlers appreciate him.”

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