David Saker concerned for job
England bowling coach David Saker is wary that he may be one of the casualties of a troubled tour of Australia.
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Saker only signed a new deal at the start of the tour last October, but concedes mistakes have been made since.
The 47-year-old Australian has taken personal responsibility for the technical issues that forced paceman Steven Finn home early - without playing a single competitive match - while he admits selecting a giant-sized pace attack in the Ashes squad was "probably" the wrong call.
Saker is not alone in fearing the sack, however, with a review into the tour set to begin after skipper Alastair Cook returns home early next week.
Cook himself is set decide on whether to go on as captain while high-profile players such as Kevin Pietersen are also apparently under the spotlight as team director Andy Flower plots a new era.
"I'll be the first to say that anyone on this tour should be worried about their job, we haven't performed well enough unfortunately and we're in the business of winning games of cricket," Saker said.
"This has been a poor performance from everyone involved."
Saker earned much credit when England won the Ashes in his homeland for the first time in 24 years in 2010/11.
His hands-on approach has made him a popular figure amongst the England squad, but he concedes he has had a "reality check" this winter.
"I've had pretty much a fairytale run until this tour," he said.
"It has been a reality check for me and something that everyone in our group has to think about. How can we move this group forward?"
Finn left the tour prematurely last week after limited overs coach Ashley Giles branded him "non selectable" due to the problems with his action.
Saker said Finn had been close to selection on a couple of occasions on tour, only to regress again and leave the bowling coach feeling like he had "failed him".
"I feel very responsible for what has happened. That is my job and it has hurt me a lot to see that happen," he said.
"I don't like to see it happen and especially not to as nice a guy as Finny is and hopefully we turn it around for him.
"Some weeks we moved a long way forward and some weeks we moved a long way backwards.
"That was pretty much the whole story of the whole trip.
"We failed him to a degree and it's disappointing."
England have been criticised for pinning their faith in the trio of tall quicks - Finn, Boyd Rankin and Chris Tremlett - as back-up options for the Ashes.
All three had little impact on the series with Tremlett not seen after the first Test while Rankin's debut in Sydney was ruined by injury.
Asked if England had been wrong to select the tall trio - with Graham Onions left at home after his prolific domestic summer - Saker said: "After the results you could probably say that. You can say that about the whole squad.
"It was disappointing that one of those tall bowlers didn't have a big impact. They didn't put it together like we wanted them to.
"Finn was the one guy we probably pinned most of our hopes on and that didn't work."
Saker knows that if he does see out his contract, which expires after next year's Ashes, he may have to make some tough calls on the careers of his bowlers before then.
"I don't think you can be too loyal, but you've got to be honest with people occasionally," he said.
"If I can see someone coming to the end then I might say 'you might want to think about when you're going to finish'.
"I don't know if I'm good at it because I don't think I've had to make that decision yet.
"Maybe down the track I'll have to do it, but I don't think there is anyone in our group that I've got to say that to."
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