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Saker: Rule changes suit England

Bowling coach David Saker believes England's pace attack is ready to cash in on new playing regulations for one-day internationals.

The International Cricket Council has been tinkering with the ODI format for several years, adding and removing innovations and experiments at regular intervals in a bid to keep the format exciting in the Twenty20 era.

Some, such as the batting powerplay, have been a clear boon to the one-day game but others, such as the short-lived 'super-sub' system are better forgotten.

The latest round of changes mean quick bowlers can now use two bouncers per over, one more than before, while the maximum number of fielders outside the 30-metre ring in non-powerplays has been reduced from five to four.

Most English bowlers will welcome the chance to send down more of the short stuff, and Saker believes an attack that includes the likes of Steven Finn, Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan and Stuart Meaker can flourish.

Their current assignment - a five-match ODI series on the flatter decks of India - may not be the ideal proving ground, but Saker expects to see big benefits for his unit in the long term.

"We've talked about the regulations quite a lot and come up with our plans but until we get out there and see how those plans work we won't really be sure," said Saker. "I think they'll be in favour of us with the fast bowling attack we have, definitely in English conditions although India may be a little different.

"My philosophy is to do the basics right and our normal plans should still work well, but the big thing is the extra bouncers that will be bowled.

"If the wicket is conducive then it is going to play into our hands."