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South Africa head coach Russell Domingo has announced that he is determined to start a new legacy following Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis’ decision to retire from Test cricket.
Domingo also noted that he wants South Africa to continue dominating Test cricket and become the number one Test team once again, just like they were when his predecessor Gary Kirsten was coaching the national team.
“Those (Kirsten, Kallis and Smith) are three great servants to South African cricket and they are going to be hard to replace. But the game goes on,” Domingo told ESPNcricinfo. “We’ve now got to start trying to find some new icon players and some new heroes and we’ve got some of those in the group already.”
However, Domingo need not worry as he already has some icons and heroes in the making in newly appointed Test captain Hashim Amla, wicketkeeper-batsman AB de Villiers, batsman Faf du Plessis and his pace bowling trio of Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel.
With South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka coming up, Domingo will have to work closely with batsman Stiaan van Zyl and off-spinner Dane Piedt as both players are expected to make their Test debuts.
“There are some fresh young players so it’s an exciting time for our team,” Domingo said. “It’s not going to be love and fresh air all the time. There are going to be some tough tours and some tough sessions for us but we’ve got the nucleus of a good side at the moment. As a coach, it’s always exciting to have a new direction to go in and you can leave your print on the team a bit easier with some new players coming in.”
However, Domingo also has to ensure South Africa keep doing well in ODIs, especially with the 2015 World Cup less than a year away.
“That’s been going for the last two or three series,” he said. “Our focus has been on trying to develop a style and a structure of play that we think will be suitable in Australia. So now we have to have a continuation of that process.”