David Saker Appointed As England Fast Bowling Coach
Former Victoria assistant coach David Saker has been named as England's new fast bowling coach, replacing Ottis Gibson, the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have confirmed.
Saker, who played for Victoria and Tasmania before his playing career ended in 2004, spent six years as assistant coach of Victoria, during which time they won two Sheffield Shield title and four KFC Big Bash Twenty20 titles.
In addition, he was assistant coach of the Delhi Daredevils during the first two seasons of the Indian Premier League, taking over as head coach for the 2009 Champions League.
Saker, 43, is expected to join up with England ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 and after his appointment was confirmed, he 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."
He is the latest in a long list of foreign coaches to have been employed by the ECB, with his predecessors in the fast-bowling coaching job being Gibson, South African Allan Donald and fellow Australian Troy Cooley.
England play Ireland and hosts the West Indies, npw coached by Gibson, in the ICC WT20, which begins on 30th April.
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