QUINTON de Kock is hopeful that Russell Domingo will reapply for his position as Proteas coach at the end of August after the Proteas manager admitted he’d have to “think about it” when it comes to his long term future with the team.
Cricket South Africa (CSA) advertised the position of the coach in January immediately after the Test series victory of Sri Lanka.
That success came on the back of the One Day International (ODI) and Test victories of rivals Australia.
With the team gearing up for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy and a series against England in Europe, de Kock is hoping the teams special working relationship with Domingo continues beyond August.
“As a team with Russell and together with the coaching staff, we’ve been together for so long…I think it’s four maybe five years. I mean we’ve grown together, if he doesn’t stick around…we’d like him too to be honest. “We love him. We’d love for him to stay. “It’s not the way we want things but at the end of the day we can’t make the decisions. Whatever decision is made we have just got to hope for the best.”
Ahead of the Champions Trophy, which will be hosted in England and Wales between 1 and 18 June, South Africa have once again been billed as titles favorites following successive short format wins over Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Former captain Graeme Smith has described this current team as one with no weak link pointing at the superb form of Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers in recent months.
Despite the hype around the side, de Kock says the team are not getting carried away, but rather are choosing to take it one day at a time.
“There’s always that talk (about being favorites) but I’m not saying anything, we don’t even want to hear it. We just want to go there open mindedly.
“Whether or not we do well before the tournament or not as South Africans we are always looking at the team as not favorites but in the top three but we are not going to think about it like that this year. “We are going to take it one game at a time. No matter who our opponent is we are going to play at our best and play our best team as much as we can.”