Australia appoint Saker as assistant coach


Cricket Australia (CA) has confirmed the appointment of David Saker as the new assistant coach to Darren Lehmann.

Saker previously worked as England's fast-bowling coach between 2010 and 2015, and took over as head coach of the Victorian Bushrangers and Melbourne Renegades last season.

Australia have been without an assistant since Craig McDermott stepped down from the position after the World Twenty20 this year.

Saker will also assume the role of fast-bowling coach, currently being filled in the interim by South Africa great Allan Donald, for the tour of South Africa in September.

"David's experience working around the world with international teams will be invaluable, especially as we work toward the upcoming Indian Test series and the Ashes," Lehmann said via a CA release.

"His technical expertise in all facets of the game is a real bonus and very important when working with the young group we have.

"We spoke with a lot of people about this role and really took our time deciding what direction we wanted to go. David's appointment gives us good clarity in our senior coaching group."

Saker is also likely to fill in as head coach for Lehmann at some point over the next 18 months, as was the case when Justin Langer stepped in for the recent tri-series in the Caribbean.