David Saker and David Hussey will take on coaching roles this winter during England’s T20 World Cup campaign in Australia, amid a wider move to split the international support staff through a division.
Test men’s head coach Brendon McCullum wants to start on his side of the equation with another downsized surgery for the Pakistan tour in December, with Marcus Trescothick, Paul Collingwood and Jeetan Patel – all already on the books – becoming his three elected assistants. And Matthew Mott, the men’s white ball head coach, will similarly have three permanent deputies on his coaching team long-term, with the expectation that Richard Dawson, currently head coach, could make an internal move.
However, for the upcoming T20 tour of Pakistan which departs next week, and then the T20 World Cup in Australia in October, two short-term tenants are expected, with Saker, England bowling coach from 2010 to 2015, and Hussey, the former Mid-Range Player of Australia and Nottinghamshire, which is said to be in the frame.
The former’s coaching resume has been expanded, the 56-year-old has followed his previous stint in England with senior positions in the Big Bash League, the Australian men’s draft from 2016 to 2019 and then roles with the US and Sri Lanka. Hussey, the younger brother of Mike Hussey, has represented Australia in over 100 limited overs internationals. The 45-year-old has coached Kolkata Knightriders – where he worked with McCullum – and Melbourne Stars since his retirement in 2017.
Neither deal has been signed, but Saker plans to make both trips, with Hussey possibly joining in when England begin their World Cup preparations in Perth with the first of three T20s against Australia on October 9. Together with Mott, from Queensland, the two Victorians offer an abundance of local knowledge. Carl Hopkinson, fielding coach, will also tour.
Rob Key, the director of England’s men’s cricket, has now officially advertised for a new national selector – a role rendered obsolete by the previous regime – but has yet to officially begin the process for the full-time white-ball coaching and other vacancies. candidates beyond Saker and Hussey may yet appear. Separating roles by format is clearly the way forward, with the shorter time on the road making international roles more attractive in a market where T20 competitions dominate.
The reshuffle is set to see Jon Lewis, England’s current fast bowling coach, move into wider development, and it could be a specialist for the test roster later hired by McCullum. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad have both been publicly praised by Ben Stokes, the test captain, for guiding the sailors this summer.