Russell Domingo has been handed the huge task of taking over from World Cup winner Gary Kirsten as the new coach of South Africas 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 Fergusons 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.
Its a massive day in my life after two wonderful years already with the national team. Ive 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.
Im looking for continuity and to enhance the structures so that we can continue to be the best in the world.
Kirsten took over as South Africa coach in 2011 and has steered the Proteas to the top of the Test rankings.
Domingo comes into the job without any first class playing experience but had a successful five-year spell at the provincial Warriors franchise before being appointed assistant to Kirsten in 2011. Ive come through all the phases that I think a successful coach needs to go through and I feel I can offer something to the national team, he added.
Domingo said he had spoken to senior players in the team,including captain Graeme Smith,about taking the job. The captain and coach have to be on the same wave length especially with regards to tactics, added Domingo.
Bresnan,Swann get Test recall
Graeme Swann and Tim Bresnan were both recalled by England in a 12-man squad announced on Saturday for next weeks first Test against New Zealand at Lords following their respective recoveries from elbow surgery. Off-spinner Swann and seamer Bresnan both last played Test cricket in the series-clinching win over India in Nagpur in December and missed the recent drawn three-Test series in New Zealand.
However,Nottinghamshires Swann and Yorkshires Bresnan have both since proved their fitness playing county cricket this season. With star batsman Kevin Pietersen already ruled out because of knee trouble,there were few surprises in the squad announced by England national selector Geoff Miller.
Squad: Alastair Cook (c),Nick Compton,Jonathan Trott,Ian Bell,Joe Root,Jonathan Bairstow,Matt Prior (wk),Graeme Swann,Stuart Broad,James Anderson,Steven Finn,Tim Bresnan