• Australia assistant coach quits

    Australian assistant coach David Saker has resigned with immediate effect.

    Saker, who previously worked with England, joined the Australian team in 2016.

    ‘David and I have had ongoing discussions over the past nine months about his role with the team, and we agreed it’s the right time to head in a different direction in the best interests of the team,’ said Australia head coach Justin Langer.

    ‘I’d like to thank David for his significant contribution, in particular in the role he has played in helping develop a core group of Australian pace bowlers. I wish David all the best for the next chapter in his coaching career.’

    Saker’s replacement will be former first-class cricketer Troy Cooley, who also worked with England and Australia in the past.

    ‘In discussions with David about the needs of the team, and the unprecedented schedule ahead, it became clear to both of us that this was the right time for David to step away. We will provide further information on the coaching structure surrounding the World Cup and Ashes in due course,’ added Cricket Australia interim general manager Belinda Clark.

    Saker concluded: ‘I’d like to thank Cricket Australia for the opportunity to help coach the Australian men’s team over the past three seasons. I’ve enjoyed my time with the team, in particular working closely with a great group of fast bowlers, and in time will look forward to a new coaching role.’

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