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Saker signs new deal with England
Australian-born bowling coach David Saker has committed his future to England after signing a new deal until the summer of 2015.
The announcement to retain Saker was made within 24 hours of England arriving in Perth for this winter's Ashes tour Down Under.
England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris welcomed Saker's new deal, claiming it had fended off potential interest in his services following a rich period of success since he arrived in May 2010.
"David Saker has made - and continues to make - an enormous contribution to the success of the England team," Morris said in a statement.
"Since joining us in May 2010 he has worked with - and developed - an outstanding bowling unit which has been key to winning two successive Ashes series, winning a global event and climbing to number one in the world.
"His contribution has been such that we are aware that other countries would dearly have loved David to be a part of their management group and that is why this announcement is so important.
"It is a great a boost on the first day of this Ashes campaign that we can confirm that David Saker has committed himself to the England cause until the end of the summer of 2015 which includes two Ashes series, an ICC World T20 in Bangladesh, a home campaign against India and an ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand."
England's seam attack has been regarded as one of the best in the world under Saker - who was seen as an important part of helping England's bowlers when they claimed their historic Ashes success on Australian soil three years ago.
England have reached the number one ranking in all formats since the former Victoria quick replaced Ottis Gibson, and following his new deal immediately set his sights on retaining the Ashes against his countrymen this winter.
"I am delighted to have the opportunity to continue working with England," he said.
"I have been privileged enough to have been involved in some memorable moments for English cricket over the last three-and-a-half years and worked with some outstanding cricketers.
"Given the calibre of players in and around the side at the moment and the hunger and commitment from all involved, I am very much looking forward to another very exciting period over the next couple of years starting with the immediate challenge of retaining the Ashes."
Saker's new deal comes a week after Australia confirmed Craig McDermott has been re-appointed as their bowling coach after a period away from their national team.