Domingo un­de­cided about fu­ture

New Straits Times - - Sport -

HAMIL­TON: South African coach Russell Domingo is un­cer­tain about his fu­ture and said yes­ter­day he has not yet de­cided whether he will ap­ply to re­new his con­tract af­ter the July-Au­gust Test se­ries in Eng­land.

As the South African side pre­pared to fly home fol­low­ing their 1-0 se­ries win over New Zealand, Domingo re­flected on the past year in which he guided the Proteas from sev­enth to sec­ond in the world rank­ings.

But what hap­pens next “is out of my con­trol“, he said. “At the mo­ment, I’m go­ing fish­ing for a cou­ple of weeks so it’s the last of my wor­ries.

“When I get back home I will se­lect the squad for Eng­land, pre­pare the side well, we’ll play in Eng­land and then we’ll take it from there.”

Pressed on whether he wanted to con­tinue coach­ing the Proteas, Domingo said: “I don’t know. Ev­ery­body wants to coach their na­tional side. It’s where you want to coach I sup­pose. I’ve loved my four years but if my four years are up so be it.”

Cricket South Africa an­nounced in Jan­uary they will ad­ver­tise af­ter the Eng­land se­ries for a na­tional coach to take the side through to the 2019 ICC World Cup.

“I haven’t looked that far ahead to be hon­est,” said Domingo, who re­placed Gary Kirsten in 2013 and has so far had two ex­ten­sions of his con­tract.

“I don’t know what the process is. I’m still wait­ing to find out what I need to do, or if I need to do any­thing, so once I’ve got bit of clar­ity on that I’ll make some de­ci­sions.”

Domingo’s po­si­tion looked shaky in 2015-16 when South Africa lost suc­ces­sive Test se­ries against In­dia and Eng­land, then failed in the World Twenty20.

But they have since won se­ries against New Zealand (twice), Aus­tralia and Sri Lanka, win­ning seven Tests and los­ing one.

In one-day in­ter­na­tion­als against the same three coun­tries, South Africa won 13 of 15 matches.

Lions coach Ge­of­frey Toy­ana is con­sid­ered favourite to take over the Proteas should Domingo be re­placed. AFP

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