AB: Pressure on Domingo is ‘pretty bad’
South Africa skipper AB de Villiers says the backlash against coach Russell Domingo will be 'pretty bad' after their Caribbean ODI tri-series exit on Friday.
The Proteas needed to beat the West Indies in Barbados to advance to the final against Australia, but instead suffered yet another batting collapse and lost by 100 runs. They needed 286 to win and were all out for 185.
Domingo has been under fire for months, with the Test side dropping from number one to number six in the rankings under his watch, and a string of series defeats adding to the pressure. This tour was seen as 'last chance saloon'.
But De Villiers, speaking after the loss, feels it's the players' faults, and that Domingo has the support of the team.
When asked about the pressure to sack Domingo, De Villiers said: "It'll be pretty bad.
"Russell has played a pretty big role in all of our careers over the past four years. I've felt he's done a fantastic job and it would be sad to see him under pressure.
"It's definitely not the coaching stuff. The coaching staff, in my mind, are the best in the world with what they do and what they bring to the table.
"Unfortunately as players we let them down in this series. We had ample opportunity in a few games to really knuckle down.
"It comes down to the players. The preparation was perfect, all the coaching staff did their jobs.
"So it is sad to see Russell under pressure. It shouldn't be that way, it should be a few players that are under pressure."
De Villiers added that his own poor form in the series, with a top score of 39 in five matches, did not help, and that he should have done a better job of leading from the front.
He added: "A couple of us are out of form, myself included. I had a poor series and would have loved to have played a bigger role and got a few more runs, but unfortunately it didn't happen.
"I got in four out of five times and didn't convert. There's no reason for me to get out after that because I'm seeing the ball well and four out of five times, I didn't (convert).
"Tonight I was dismissed (for 2) by a bowler (Windies quick Shannon Gabriel) who was bowling well, running in and got it to swing a little bit.
"That happens but the other four times, no excuses really. I just gave my wicket away at the wrong time and it's not good enough."
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