Saker rules himself out of Oz coaching role


Victoria head coach David Saker has ruled himself out of replacing Craig McDermott as Australia's bowling mentor, saying he wants to coach at state level for two or three years.

England's bowling coach from 2010 until 2015, Saker would have been an ideal candidate to work on the international stage with the Aussies.

Saker said that Tasmania's bowling coach Damien Wright, Victoria's Mick Lewis, Western Australia's Adam Griffith and Queenslander Joe Dawes should be the front runners to replace McDermott, who will vacate the position after the World T20.

The 49-year-old Saker told the Herald Sun: "I've done a lot of travelling. It'd be a nice job but it probably hasn't come at the right time. So I probably wouldn't be interested.

"I'd be amazed if it wasn't one of those four guys (who) got it. You'd think if there was any sort of coaching pathway, one would get it.

"I would hate to think they'd go outside Australia. They've got plenty of good candidates."

Saker's has guided Victoria to first place in the Sheffield Shield table with two rounds remaining in his debut season with the Bushrangers.