Coach's fate uncertain despite rapid rise

Russell Domingo unsure if he will continue as Proteas coach, despite winning six of seven Tests in 2016-17

South African coach Russell Domingo is uncertain about his future and says he has not yet decided whether he will apply to renew his contract after the July-August Test series in England.

As the South African side prepared to fly home following their 1-0 series win over New Zealand, Domingo reflected on the past year in which he guided the Proteas from seventh to second in the ICC Test rankings.

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Domingo's position looked shaky in 2015-16 when South Africa lost successive Test series against India and England, failed at the World Twenty20 and lost the ODI tri-series in the Caribbean in June.

But they have since won Test series against New Zealand (twice), Australia and Sri Lanka, winning seven Tests and losing just one.

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And in one-day internationals against the same three countries, South Africa won 13 of 15 matches.

But Domingo says what happens next "is out of my control" after Cricket South Africa announced in January that all parties interested in the coaching role, including the incumbent, would need to apply.

"At the moment, I'm going fishing for a couple of weeks so it's the last of my worries," he said.

"When I get back home I will select the squad for England, prepare the side well, we'll play in England and then we'll take it from there."

Pressed on whether he wanted to continue in the role, Domingo said: "I don't know. Everybody wants to coach their national side.

"It's where you want to coach, I suppose. I've loved my four years but if my four years are up so be it."

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CSA say the next coach will take the side through to the next ICC World Cup, which the Proteas have never won and a tournament the likes of AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn have targeted as long-term goals.

"I haven't looked that far ahead to be honest," said Domingo, who replaced Gary Kirsten in 2013 and has so far had two extensions of his contract.

"I don't know what the process is. I'm still waiting to find out what I need to do, or if I need to do anything, so once I've got bit of clarity on that I'll make some decisions."

Lions coach Geoffrey Toyana is considered favourite to take over the Proteas should Domingo be replaced.