Coach Domingo taking it one series at a time

2017-01-18 06:01
PHOTO: gallo images Russell Domingo has said that despite the fantastic run the Proteas are on at the moment, his job as coach is not 100% safe.

PHOTO: gallo images Russell Domingo has said that despite the fantastic run the Proteas are on at the moment, his job as coach is not 100% safe.

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A LOSS in a World Cup semi-final, a 3-0 Test series defeat in India and then a 2-1 Test series loss at home to England.

After those three disappointments, Proteas coach Russell Domingo was a dead man walking.

Cricket commentators and fans alike were questioning his ability and many were outraged by the fact that he had not been held accountable for what were considered a series of unacceptable performances.

Now, a year after that England series, things could not be going better for the team.

A 5-0 ODI triumph at home to Australia was followed by the memorable 2-1 Test series win in Australia, and with a 3-0 Test whitewash against Sri Lanka now complete, there is an unmissable optimism currently accompanying Domingo’s charges across all three formats.

It was fitting, then, that Domingo was asked to talk about those tough times of a year-or-so ago after he had just witnessed his side win by an innings and 118 runs in the third Test against Sri Lanka.

“I had to go. Not this person, or that person … I had to go,” Domingo remembers of the public outcry at the time.

On Saturday he provided some reasons for why he thought the South African public were so angry when things were not going according to plan in 2015 and early 2016.

“I was saying to someone the other day, and I am not comparing, but South African cricket has got more challenges than most other nations in the world,” he said.

“That’s the truth. In terms of finances, in terms of Kolpaks, in terms of the make up of the team. That’s just the way it is.”

There is no doubt that Domingo has had an up and down tenure as Proteas coach ever since he was appointed back in 2013. And the tough times are potentially the reason why he is not getting too lost in the current success of this team.

“I could go tomorrow. Nothing is certain,” he said, bluntly. “I by no means look too far ahead in my coaching career. I take it one series at a time. You never know what’s around the corner in coaching.”

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