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Saker passed up Warwickshire job

England's bowling coach David Saker admits he was tempted by the opportunity to take over at Warwickshire.

Ashley Giles' appointment as England's new limited-overs coach created a vacancy in the Edgbaston hot seat and the Bears were keen for Saker to fill it.

The Melbourne-born 46-year-old, formerly assistant coach with Victoria, has been working with England's pace men since his appointment in April 2010 and has quickly forged a reputation as a smart operator.

He had some dialogue with Warwickshire about the vacancy but decided the challenge of fulfilling his ECB contract was too great to give up.

"I had a little meeting with some people at Warwickshire and we talked about it," said Saker, who is with England on their one-day tour of India.

"I was very interested in it but in the long run I am committed to getting this England team through to the 2015 World Cup.

"I think there is something special coming up. Obviously there is a double Ashes (home and away series in the next year), a Champions Trophy in England and then the World Cup.

"It's a pretty exciting time to be with England so it just wasn't the right timing."

England lost their first warm-up match of the trip on Sunday, a 53-run upset by India A, while India's senior side turned around a recent losing run of their own with a 10-run win against Pakistan.

The tourists' second, and final, practice fixture takes place against a Delhi XI tomorrow but Saker does not expect a radical change to England's plans on the back of one low-key defeat.

"We have a pretty clear plan about selection for warm-ups and I don't think that will have changed after yesterday's result," he said.

"We have a fairly good idea of how our team will look in the first ODI. Warm-ups are just that, it's about getting people right for the series."