Johannesburg: Russell Domingo has been handed the huge task of taking over from World Cup winner Gary Kirsten as the new coach of South Africa's cricket team. Domingo was promoted from his position as assistant less than 24 hours after Kirsten announced he would not be taking up an offer to renew his contract when it ends in August, sending shockwaves through South African sport.
Domingo, 38, will be given a two-year contract from August 1 and while stressing the importance of continuity, acknowledged that the challenge of replacing Kirsten was like taking over from Alex Ferguson as the manager of Manchester United. "I know now what David Moyes feels like," said Domingo, referring to Ferguson's successor. "It will be a tough task to emulate him (Kirsten) but I will continue with much of what he has brought to the team and look to add my own flavour to it.
"It's a massive day in my life after two wonderful years already with the national team.
"I've learned a great deal from Gary Kirsten and (bowling coach) Allan Donald and hopefully I can take the team up another level," he told a media conference on Saturday. "I'm looking for continuity and to enhance the structures so that we can continue to be the best in the world."...more
03:23 PM, May 11, 2013