Kirsten backs Domingo

Gary Kirsten believes Russell Domingo has what it takes to lead the Proteas to success.

Newly appointed Proteas coach Russell Domingo and CSA president Chris Nenzani. Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Outgoing Proteas coach Gary Kirsten on Monday said he fully supports the appointment of Russell Domingo as his successor.

Kirsten opted not to accept a renewal of his current two year contract and will officially step down after the Champions Trophy in England in June to spend more time with his wife and two children.

He took up the job in 2011 after winning the World Cup with the Indian cricket team.

Kirsten said Domingo was the right man for the job.

"I have no doubt Russell will do a good job. I think he's a passionate cricket person and he thinks deeply about the game. In the time that I worked with him I really enjoyed what he offered to the team."

Domingo was unveiled as the next Proteas coach on Saturday.

The 38-year-old already coaches the Proteas T20 squad.