Domingo To Become South Africa Coach After Kirsten Steps Down

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Domingo to become South Africa coach after Kirsten steps down
By [/home/search.html?s=&authornamef=Mike+Dawes Mike Dawes]
Published: 11:35 BST, 11 May 2013 | Updated: 11:35 BST, 11 May 2013

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Russell Domingo has been appointed as the successor to outgoing South Africa coach Gary Kirsten.

The 38-year-old, who already coaches the Proteas' Twenty20 side, will take over from Kirsten after next month's Champions Trophy in England, with a limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka providing his first assignment.

Domingo said: 'This is a very big day in my life.

It has to be the highlight in anybody's coaching career to be given the honour and responsibility of being put in charge of your national side.
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'I feel it has come at the right stage of my coaching career, having spent the last two years working with Gary.

'I would like to thank the board of Cricket South Africa for the faith they have shown in me and also the many people who have helped me to live my coaching dream.'

Domingo has previously led the Chevrolet Warriors to a domestic limited-overs double and CSA President Chris Nenzani said: 'We have no doubt that Russell will do an excellent job. 

'He has built up an excellent career record over a short period of time and he has played an important part in the success that Gary has achieved for us over the past two years.

'Continuity is very important both in terms of player selection and the management team and this will enable us to have a seamless transition from one coach to another.

'Russell inherits a world-class group of players who have performed consistently at the highest level and he will continue to build the Proteas as a world-class brand.'

Despite his relatively low public profile, Domingo's appointment does not come as a surprise after Kirsten yesterday talked up his credentials.

'My relationship with Russell has always been a close one,' Kirsten said during his retirement press conference.
Outgoing: Gary Kirsten stepped down from the role of coach as he intends to spend more time with his family

'He is passionate and clinical and he has done a lot of coaching.

I have no doubt that he is very capable of doing high-level coaching jobs.'

Domingo takes over a strong team, with Kirsten having led them to number one in the International Cricket Council Test rankings during his two years in charge.

Kirsten opted not to renew his contract due to the demands of international cricket's relentless schedule and the resulting time away from his wife Deborah and children Joshua, James and Joanna.

'I feel I can no longer cope with the lengthy periods of separation from my family that this job demands,' he told ESPN Cricinfo.

'Last year, I had 250 days away from Cape Town, my home.

I believe my absentia as a father is compromising my responsibilities to my family.

'I've just had five weeks at home now, which is the longest period I have had there for a few years and I began to realise the impact my absence as a father has had on my family.

'I don't want to be a statistic so that when my kids are grown up, they say they didn't see their dad.'

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