Mike Hussey, David Saker appointed to England’s World Cup coaching staff
Hussey, the former Australian international who currently works as a batting coach for Chennai Super Kings, and compatriot Saker, who was England’s Test bowling coach from 2010 to 2015, have been hired by Matthew Mott, England’s white head coach, to play at home. add more insight into the squad’s preparations for the tournament in Australia, which opens October 16.
Saker, Victoria’s former fast bowler who played a key role in England’s triumphant 2010-11 Ashes tour, will join the squad in Pakistan for the seven-match T20I series starting next week in Karachi. Hussey, meanwhile, will join the squad when it arrives in Australia in October, when England are scheduled to play three T20Is against the host nation for their opening game against Afghanistan on October 22.
The pair will expand the existing coaching structure, with Mott currently working with two assistants in Carl Hopkinson and Richard Dawson. The Pakistani leg of the tour – England’s first in the country since 2005 – will be captained by Jos Buttler, although Moeen Ali is expected to lead the squad for the opening game in Karachi, while Buttler is recovering from a calf injury.
England are also reportedly close to appointing a new national selector, following the decision to waive the formal role Ed Smith held until April 2021. The TelegraphNick Knight and Steven Finn are among the top contenders for the position, and Steve Harmison is also said to have expressed an interest in applying.