Saker to remain England’s bowling coach till 2015

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“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with England”

David Saker will remain England’s bowling coach till 2015 after signing a contract extension.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) were determined to renew Saker’s contract as they did not want any other nation securing his services instead.

Saker became England’s bowling coach in early 2010 when Ottis Gibson left to become the West Indies’ head coach.

Saker’s contract was set to expire in early 2014, but with his contract extension done and dusted, he will now help England prepare for the 2014 World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, England’s home series against Sri Lanka, India and New Zealand and the 2015 Ashes series.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with England,” Saker said. “I have been privileged enough to have been involved in some memorable moments for English cricket over the last three and a half years and worked with some outstanding cricketers.

“Given the calibre of players in and around the side at the moment, and the hunger and commitment from all involved, I am very much looking forward to another very exciting period over the next couple of years, starting with the immediate challenge of retaining the Ashes.”

Outgoing ECB managing director Hugh Morris was ecstatic upon hearing the news that Saker had agreed to stay with England till 2015.

His contribution has been such that we are aware that other countries would dearly have loved David to be a part of their management group and that is why this announcement is so important,” Morris said. “David has made – and continues to make – an enormous contribution to the success of the England team. Since joining us in May 2010 he has worked with – and developed – an outstanding bowling unit which has been key to winning two successive Ashes series, winning a global event and climbing to No. 1 in the world.

“It is a great a boost on the first day of this Ashes campaign that we can confirm that David has committed himself to the England cause until the end of summer of 2015.”

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