Friday 7 December 2012 

Domingo To Coach South African T20 Side

	Domingo To Coach South African T20 Side
Domingo To Coach South African T20 Side
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that Russell Domingo will take over day-to-day coaching of the Twenty20 International side.

Current head coach Gary Kirsten will remain in charge of the Test and One-Day International teams and be accountable for all three squads.

The move comes shortly after after England installed Ashley Giles as coach of their limited overs squads with Andy Flower focussing on overall direction and the Test squad.

Domingo will lead the Proteas during three Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand in December and then two matches against Pakistan in February.

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"I believe this decision is a positive move to creating a more sustainable and balanced coaching approach. It’s common best practice around the world, and we feel it will give us the platform to spread our coaching resources efficiently," Kirsten said.

"I have worked closely with Russell over the past 18 months and I'm confident he will do a great job. He fully understands the Proteas culture and will be able to build that culture with the new crop of T20 players we will be blooding this season.

"This will also give me the opportunity to diligently cover our preparation for the test and ODI series against New Zealand and Pakistan this summer as well as  spend more time with my young family."

Domingo added: "I’m extremely honoured and excited about coaching the T20 squad. Coaching at the highest level has always been a goal of mine and I’m  looking forward to building on the foundation we have set for this format. I have enjoyed working with Gary since he took charge, and I am determined to ensure that we continually improve in this format and continue to cultivate a successful team culture and environment."

CSA Acting CEO Jacques Faul said: "Russell has been one of the unsung heroes behind the Proteas success over the past year and this is a natural progression for him to be given this added responsibility.

"He did an outstanding job in leading the Chevrolet Warriors franchise to the limited overs double and taking them to the final of the Champions League T20 before joining the Proteas set-up. During his time at the Warriors they became substantial contributors to the Proteas playing resources.

"During that time he also showed the foresight to appoint Gary Kirsten as a batting consultant – his first major coaching role – and he and Gary have continued to work well together as a team.

"I congratulate Russell on his appointment which is well merited and know that he will make an important contribution to the continued success of the Proteas."

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