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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