England bowling coach David Saker has been announced as the new head coach of the Melbourne Renegades.
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Saker has been on the coaching staff of the England cricket team for the past five years, and was lauded for his role in England’s 2009 and 2010/11 Ashes series wins.
The 48-year-old, who played 72 first-class matches for both Victoria and Tasmania, said he was looking forward to the new role.
“I’m very excited to join the club and come back to Melbourne – which is home – and work with everyone involved. The Big Bash League is being talked about worldwide in cricket circles and it’s great to be back working in the T20 format,” Saker said in a club statement.
“The Renegades have put together a solid squad so far and with the recent addition of Cameron White and other new signings to be confirmed, we’ll be looking for big things from the guys in BBL 05.
“I know that our members and fans have big expectations of us in how we perform and our focus will be on finalising our list, reaching the finals and making the most of our opportunities from there.”
Saker is contracted to England until the end of the 2015 Ashes series in August, but according to AAP he is willing to make the move earlier if granted an early release by the ECB.