South Africa news March 30, 2017

SA coach Domingo unsure of staying on past England tour

Russell Domingo's role as head coach of South Africa is unclear despite another away series win © Getty Images

Russell Domingo is still unsure of whether he will reapply for his job as South Africa's head coach, with the 42-year-old awaiting clarity on the process as he maintains the stance he took on the topic prior to the start of the New Zealand tour.

Domingo's contract, which has been extended three times from when he was originally appointed mid-2013, runs until the end of the England series in August. Cricket South Africa will advertise for the post and open applications in May, with the aim to appoint a coach before the Bangladesh series in September.

News that Domingo's position was not secure was met with some surprise in South African circles - particularly because of recent results - but several sources have explained it is part of a corporate governance requirement. CSA confirmed Domingo can reapply if he chooses to, although the board has not said whether it has asked him if he is interested in continuing and Domingo has not given away too much either.

"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. Once we've got clarity on that I'll make some decisions," Domingo said, after South Africa's Test series win over New Zealand. "At the moment I'm going fishing for a couple of weeks. So it's the last of my worries at the moment.

"It's out of my control - what happens, happens. When I get back home I'll select a squad for England, prepare the side well for when we get to England, play in England, and take it from there and see what happens."

Domingo took a similar stance in February, after South Africa completed a 5-0 ODI whitewash over Sri Lanka, when he explained that he needed time to think about his personal situation before he made any commitments. Asked whether he thinks still wants to continue as national coach, Domingo was non-committal.

"I don't know. I suppose everybody wants to coach the national side," Domingo said. "That's where you want to coach, I suppose. I've loved my four years but if my four years are up, so be it. I've had some wonderful results, I've had some disappointments. But that's part of international sport. I haven't looked that far ahead. All my focus is on England and the Champions Trophy. What happens after that is not in my control."

Under Domingo, South Africa slipped from No. 1 on the Test rankings to No. 7, following twin series defeats to India and England but have since moved back up to No. 2, winning four series in succession. In total, Domingo has been in charge for 159 games across all formats accumulating a record of 91 wins, 55 losses and 10 draws as well as three no results.

Domingo is also the only South African coach to win a World Cup knockout game. Although no names have been linked to the job yet, it is understood Lions' coach Geoffrey Toyana is among the frontrunners to take South Africa to the 2019 World Cup.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  •   Madimetja Dmax Mashao on April 1, 2017, 21:57 GMT

    @Bazza, Quinny moved to Titans when he was already part of the National team. Thami was never ahead of De Kock. In fact he was mostly relegated to the bench when Quinny was available for the franchise.

  • Brokensaint on April 1, 2017, 9:20 GMT

    time to go Domingo................

  • Bazza on March 31, 2017, 21:35 GMT

    Madimetja.... Please correct me but Was it under Toyanas tenure as coach whereby De Kock had to move to another franchise(Titans) to keep pkaying FC cricket as they picked that cheat Tsokeile as WK ahead of him? If so then apart from all the good hes done thats got to be sorted before he becomes national coach surely?

  •   Madimetja Dmax Mashao on March 31, 2017, 10:55 GMT

    @Proteafire786,'s hard to be excellent in everything. Gary's record in Test was outstanding however his shorter formats record was very poor,took us to two tournaments and in both we were very poor.on the other hand Domingo's Test record has been ordinary while his short format record has been great overall including taking the team to two semis from 3 tournaments. Although I have been impressed with Domingo and the players seem to like him as well,we have to accept that he has to go at some point.

  • dj on March 31, 2017, 9:11 GMT

    My vote would go to Toyana , though I really dislike it when coaches pack up when world cups are approaching.

  • Muzammil on March 31, 2017, 8:55 GMT

    Quite right madimetja...The sheer no. of international players that have broken through under his stewardship is impressive. He's a good coach...however I wouldn't be upset to see Domingo continue...say what you want about the past but he managed to turn around a sinking ship and we're still going strong. Kirsten who he is so highly rated here in S.A. kept us good in test cricket (Not such a great feat given the talent at his disposal) had a poor limited overs record and we started floundering under him

  •   Madimetja Dmax Mashao on March 31, 2017, 8:24 GMT

    @Cricketfan2017,Toyana has won trophies with a Lions team that was struggling before he came on board. Secondly, majority of the young talent in the current team came through his hands, Rabada, De Kock, Morris,Bavuma have all went through him.We don't want your Simmons, having played international cricket is no guarantee to being a good coach. Toyana and Walters are the best candidates,either one would be good enough.

  • timoth3998538 on March 31, 2017, 0:53 GMT

    Geoffrey Toyana, really?? Is he your pick? If CSA want an African coach for SA then at least look for a good quality ex-international. Someone like Ottis Gibson or Phil Simmons

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