Saker agrees Melbourne deal

As yet, there is no indication whether Saker will see out his contract with the ECB, which runs until after this summer’s Ashes.

Saker succeeded Ottis Gibson as England’s bowling coach in early 2010 and was part of Andy Flower’s backroom team as England clinched??back-to-back Ashes home and away and rose to the top of the ICC world rankings.

But the 48-year-old told “I’m very excited to join the club and??come back to Melbourne – which is home – and work with everyone involved.

“The Big Bash League is being talked about worldwide in cricket circles, and??it’s great to be back working in the T20 format.”

England have endured a less favourable run of results lately – suffering a??Ashes whitewash defeat in 2013/2014 and early exits at both the??2014 ICC World Twenty20 and the ongoing World Cup.