AB would 'love' Domingo to stay on

AB de Villiers and Russell Domingo (Gallo Images)
AB de Villiers and Russell Domingo (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Proteas skipper AB de Villiers wants Russell Domingo to stay on as head coach amid uncertainty over his future.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) announced earlier this year that they would advertise the coaching position for the national team.

CSA also said that should Domingo wish to keep his job he would have to reapply for the role and complete an interview and assessment process.

Domingo, who was appointed in 2013 after Gary Kirsten stepped down, will have his contract expire at the end of the Test tour of England in August.

Under his four-year helm, Domingo has seen the Proteas to the No 1 spot in both the Test (now currently second) and ODI team rankings.

In the past eight months, the Proteas had whitewashed Australia 5-0 in a home ODI series, had beaten the Australians 2-1 in Tests away, whitewashed Sri Lanka in the Test and ODI series at home and defeated New Zealand 2-1 in Tests series away.

Domingo's next pinnacle task will be to lead the Proteas to a long-awaited ICC Champions Trophy win in what would be their first since 1998.

De Villiers sang Domingo's praises on Tuesday as the Proteas prepared for their clash against Pakistan, who are mentored by former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur, on Wednesday.

Arthur was in charge of the Proteas from 2005 to early 2010 and became one of the most successful coaches of the national side.

When asked which coaching style he preferred, De Villiers was reluctant to make any comparisons between the two South African coaches.

"They are completely different, both very nice guys and I get along with both of them," De Villiers told reporters at the pre-match press conference at Edgbatson.

"Mickey was such a long time ago, I can't remember his coaching style really, but we had a lot of success under him.

"I've got good memories of him as coach, but that's long gone and is something in the past."

Looking ahead to the team's future, the Proteas skipper said that he hopes Domingo decides to reapply and stay on after the England Test series.

"Yes, definitely," said De Villiers, when asked whether he’d like to see Domingo stay on in September.

"We're with a great coach at the moment, who is really leading the side well and we all get along and love him as a coach."

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