England news January 1, 2013

Saker shuns Warwickshire approach

ESPNcricinfo staff

David Saker has turned down a chance to become director of cricket at Warwickshire, saying that the prospect of back-to-back Ashes tours in the next year and the 2015 World Cup has left him "unfinished business" with England.

Saker first revealed to ESPNcricinfo last month that he was attracted by the role relinquished by Ashley Giles last month after he took over day-to-day coaching duties with England's one-day sides and Warwickshire were interested enough to pursue the matter.

However, exploratory talks over the weekend have not come to fruition, leaving Saker to commit his future to England as he prepared to leave on Thursday with the team for their tours of India and New Zealand over the next three months.

He told the Guardian: "I had talks with Warwickshire and it was certainly an attractive offer they made. But it has come a little too early for me. I have unfinished business with the England team and I would like to take that through at least until the end of the 2015 World Cup."

Warwickshire's chairman Norman Gascoigne insisted that a firm offer had not been made. "We contacted David to clarify the situation with him and ask whether he wanted to apply or not. He came back to us and said that the timing was not right for him and that he intended to continue with England. That is as far as it went. I can categorically say that at no stage did we offer him the job."

Saker, lives south of Birmingham and, as a fulltime member of England's backroom staff, still must withstand the heavy travelling demands that have caused Andy Flower to relinquish day-to-day management of England's one-day sides to Giles.

Since funding his own flight from Australia to be interviewed for the job, he has played a leading role in England's home and away Ashes wins as well as victory in the Test series in India. He must be due a refund on his original ticket.

His emphasis on the psychology and methodology involved in fast bowling, rather than biomechanics, has had a positive effect on England's fast-bowling attack.

His decision to stay with England increases the likelihood that Warwickshire will follow Giles' initial recommendation and appoint somebody with links to the county.

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  • david on January 3, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    not sure if he was offered the job, but had been on the list. welch was their 1st choice i feel. saker will follow the other aussie bowling coach and get a job back home. i can understand him wanting to stay in the uk with better schools etc. the present bowling coach has unearthed close to 10 quicks so the larder is full.

  • Pete on January 2, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @land47, that's a roster of six you mention. England need probably four fit for each test in order to play three and rest one. So, basically, England need to unearth one or two new test bowlers, fast.

    The team that uses rotation and and its roster best will win the Ashes. Since '05, it's generally been like that. Australia is clever to get Bird and Johnson in the frame; that's Pattinson, Siddle, Starc, Bird, Johnson and Hilfenhaus as hopefully fit options, and probably not Cummins. Only Pattinson and Cummins are truly of world class potential (whereas Anderson, Tremlett and Broad definitely are), but the Australian squad is solid. No great spin option, but Lyon tries his best - England have an advantage there.

  • Cameron on January 2, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    Glad Saker is staying. Does a decent job imo, but with more to do (starting by telling Bres & Broad to return to county cricket & not bother returning until they're properly fit & motivated).

    @jonesy2; Good to see that a New Year has not resulted in a new approach to your posting. I for one would miss your tragically sad attempts to produce decent WUM posts & would be rather upset if you ever managed a post of genuine insight & thought. Please keep the weak-source coming as I'm one POM who you just make laugh.

  • front on January 2, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    Saker is following a long tradition of Australians who have come over here to run cricket in the UK. We were at our lowest ebb for nearly 20 years from the mid 80's and it took Australian stewardship of the MCC, the establishment of an Academy system at Loughborough (a direct copy of Australia's Academy, where we even dropped Rod Marsh in to run it for us!!) to help improve our cricketing fortunes. Bowling coaches (Cooley, Saker) and a multitude of back-room staff helped instil a discipline and professionalism in team England that was seemed lacking when we employed indigenous coaches. England's 'cricketing-debt' to Australia continues.

  • Bryn on January 2, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    crazy from saker. he wants to work with the school boy medium pacers of england rather than take a high position job?

  • Sanjay on January 1, 2013, 21:21 GMT

    Pop Welch is the best man for the job. No brainer, really.