David Saker says his commitment to England was too much to give up

Last Updated: 07/01/13 10:58am

  • Share:
David Saker: Turned down Warwickshire to continue England challenge

David Saker: Turned down Warwickshire to continue England challenge

Sky Bet

England bowling coach David Saker has revealed how tough it was to pass up the chance to take over at Warwickshire.

The Bears were keen to replace new England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles with the Australian, whose reputation has increased since he became involved with the national side in 2010.

Saker admits he had dialogue with Warwickshire but said the challenge of fulfilling his contract with the ECB was too great to give up.

"I had a little meeting with some people at Warwickshire and we talked about it," said Saker, who is with England on their one-day tour of India.

"I was very interested in it but in the long run I am committed to getting this England team through to the 2015 World Cup.

"I think there is something special coming up. Obviously there is a double Ashes, a Champions Trophy in England and then the World Cup.

"It's a pretty exciting time to be with England so it just wasn't the right timing."

Saker also said there was little to worry about over England's warm-up defeat by India A on Sunday.

"We have a pretty clear plan about selection for warm-ups and I don't think that will have changed after yesterday's result," he said. "We have a fairly good idea of how our team will look in the first ODI. Warm-ups are just that, it's about getting people right for the series."

On the progress of Alastair Cook, who is hoping to return from a cold to play in Tuesday's game, Saker added: "I'm pretty sure he'll feature tomorrow - he was feeling a bit off-colour yesterday but he should be fine."

  • Share:


India v England ODI series

Ashley Giles: Remaining upbeat despite ODI series defeat in India

Giles upbeat despite defeat

Ashley Giles has declared himself satisfied with his first series as England's one-day coach in India.

Ian Bell: Hit an unbeaten century as England ended series with a win

Bell: Bowlers set up victory

Ian Bell refused to take the credit after his unbeaten 113 sealed England's seven-wicket win over India in the last ODI.

Alastair Cook: Positive finish for England captain in India

Positive finish pleases Cook

England captain Alastair Cook was pleased to end the tour of India on a high with a seven-wicket win in Dharamsala.

Most Popular


On Ringside...

On Ringside...

We'll provide an update on Anthony Crolla's condition and look back at Amir Khan and Andy Lee's fights.

On Goals on Sunday...

On Goals on Sunday...

We dissect the goals and analyse the talking points from Saturday plus quiz Big Sam on life at Upton Park

Tyler's stats and facts

Tyler's stats and facts

Who has the most Premier League goals without scoring with his head? Martin Tyler knows...