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

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

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David Saker: Turned down Warwickshire to continue England challenge

David Saker: Turned down Warwickshire to continue England challenge

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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."

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