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David Saker and Michael Hussey join England’s T20 World Cup coaching team

England has appointed a familiar face and an old adversary to their coaching staff for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup, which will include David Saker and Michael Hussey. The Australian duo has agreed on short-term contracts, returned as soccer bowling consultants, and previously worked as fast bowling coaches between 2010 and 2015.

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Soccer will begin his role during the seven-match T20 series in Pakistan, England’s first tour of the country in 17 years, starting on September 20, while Hussey will be attached as a batting specialist for the World Cup.

There is now a decisive Australian influence in the white-ball set-up, led by head white ball coach Matthew Mott, but with Richard Dawson and Carl Hopkinson as assistants. With the tournament taking place Down Under, England will hope to make the most of their newfound wealth of local knowledge.

Secker, 56, was a well-liked and successful part of Andy Flower’s England regime, helping to strengthen the bowling attack that took the team to number one in the Test rankings as well as the Ashes in 2010/11. Claimed an unforgettable success.

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A little more than a year after his departure he was on the other side of the Ashes divide, working as Australia’s bowling coach, and most recently as Mickey Arthur’s right-hand man to work with Sri Lanka. went for He also has extensive experience on the franchise circuit, including a stint as head coach of the Melbourne Renegades.

David Saker and Michael Hussey join England's T20 World Cup coaching team

Hussey, fondly known as ‘Mr. Cricket, was one of the best players of his generation and a constant thorn in England’s side. Since retiring in 2016, he has worked as a batting consultant for several teams including Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, and is also the Director of Cricket with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash.

The appointments underscore England’s preference to keep their coaching staff separate between the red and white ball units.

Paul Collingwood, Marcus Trescothick, Jitan Patel, and Jon Lewis are all full-time lead coaches at ECB but are not part of Mott’s group. He is expected to work with Brendon McCullum’s Test side this winter, and for the foreseeable future, although pace bowling leads Lewis could also be used in a forward capacity.

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