South Africa news December 7, 2012

Domingo appointed South Africa T20 coach


Russell Domingo, South Africa's assistant coach, has been promoted to the role of head coach for the national Twenty20 side. In a managerial split similar to England's, Gary Kirsten will retain overall accountability of all squads but Domingo will take some of the burden off him in the shortest format.

His rein begins in little over two weeks when South Africa host New Zealand for three T20s, starting on December 21. The three-match series also includes the Boxing Day T20, which replaced the traditional Test this year. South Africa will also play two T20s against Pakistan in March 2013.

"I believe this decision is a positive move to creating a more sustainable and balanced coaching approach," Kirsten said. "It's common best-practice around the world, and we feel it will give us the platform to spread our coaching resources efficiently."

Domingo was appointed at the same time as Kirsten and bowling coach Allan Donald in June last year. At the time, Kirsten had made his intention clear to delegate responsibility, especially because his wife was expecting their third child and he wanted to spend sufficient time with his young family.

Before any drastic changes could take place though, Kirsten's immediate priorities were to oversee South Africa's rise to No.1 in the Test rankings and aim for ICC T20 glory. He only managed one of those goals as South Africa claimed and retained the mace in England and Australia but faltered at the World T20 in Sri Lanka, where they did not make it out of the second round.

Now, there is a suggestion that South Africa will look to completely overhaul the T20 set-up, starting by putting Domingo in charge. "He fully understands the team culture and will be able to build that culture with the new crop of T20 players we will be blooding this season," Kirsten said of Domingo.

South Africa threw all the resources into capturing the ICC silverware, even recalling stalwart allrounder Jacques Kallis for the tournament in Sri Lanka. But having failed in that quest again, they are planning ahead for the 2014 edition of the tournament.

A significant number of promising players could expect to be injected into the T20 side this summer as a new-look squad is created. These may include allrounder Chris Morris, left-arm spinner Aaron Phangiso and Titans captain and opening batsman Henry Davids.

Domingo, who managed the Warriors franchise before his national appointment, has intricate knowledge of players on the South African domestic circuit from that experience. Notably, he was also in charge when Warriors won their first trophies of the franchise system: T20 and one-day cups in the 2009-10 season.

Warriors qualified for the Champions League T20 in 2010 and under Domingo reached the final at home. While Kirsten already knew of Domingo's coaching calibre from back when Domingo employed Kirsten as a consultant, those results also influenced Domingo's ascendance to the international stage.

"Coaching at the highest level has always been a goal of mine and I'm looking forward to building on the foundation we have set for this format," Domingo said.

Kirsten will remain involved in selection and strategic planning of the T20 squad but Domingo will be involved in the day-to-day activities. This will also give Kirsten more time off to accommodate his family responsibilities. Kirsten remains in charge of the one-day squad though, with an eye on the 2015 World Cup.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • dj on December 9, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Please just experiment with a new wicketkeeper . We are going to burn out AB . A guy who gets back spasms shouldn't keep . As simple as that.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    Great move. Kirsten can concentrate on the more important task of keeping the test team at no.1 and getting our ODI team prepared for 2015. Domingo is a very good coach and will blood youngsters. Agree Quinton de Kock is the future behind the stumps. Bring him through the T20 side and eventually graduate him to the ODI team and test team.

  • Dummy4 on December 9, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I am a big fan of SA cricket . I believe Aaron Phangiso has done enough to enter CSA T20 Squad .

  • Vikram on December 8, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    While almost everyone hails Gary Kirsten and Andy Flower as the best coaches at this time, I feel that Andy Flower edges out Gary Kirsten in also preparing for the future, rather than up to the end of his contract. Insufficient planning for the future is what led to India's downfall, but then for all we know, Gary's hands could have been tied by BCCI. So, I would like to see how he manages the South African side, especially the retirement of Jacques Kallis.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    It would be pretty easy from looking at the Warriors since Domingo departed to imagine that he knows something about the business of coaching which his successor does not. Congratulations!

  • greig on December 7, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Please oh please play Quinton de kock in the ODIs before england steal him

  • g on December 7, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    I hope at least this time SA comes with a solid middle order with at least 2 good finishers of the game. I've lost counting of world cups lost due to soft middle order...I dont follow SA's domestic games, but when there is so much talent in every other department (barring attacking spin), I can't believe they can't unearth no. 6& 7 batsmen that match their top 5.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    bring back smithie see his innings in perth

  • raj on December 7, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    SA has to be next ODI WORLD CHAMP in 2015.

  • G on December 7, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    good move. he has got a tough series upfront i guess. though the kiwis have shot themselves in the foot as far as the Test team selection; they are sending a good t20 side. right now, Domingo get Miller in the side.

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