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Russell Domingo returns home following passing of Mother

At this stage, it is not clear when he will return to England, but it is expected that he will be back in time before the second Test starts.

Russell Domingo
Russell Domingo. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

South Africa coach Russell Domingo was bereaved by the demise of his mother, who passed away late on Sunday night. Domingo’s mother, Sandra, was involved in a car accident towards the end of last month, and it is understood that she was unable to fully recover from that incident.

The South African coach had rushed to the airport to get back to home on Sunday following the end of the first Test at Lord’s, but when he landed in Johannesburg on Monday morning his mother had already passed away. This bereavement comes at a time when Domingo is already facing problems in his professional life.

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Domingo and South Africa both lose

While South Africa suffered a 211-run loss in the opening Test, they face a prospect of continuing the series dilapidated a number of injuries and suspensions. It is also unclear whether Domingo will keep his post as the coach as CSA are looking at other candidates.

The outgoing coach has re-applied for his position as head coach of the national side with his contract up at the end of the ongoing Test series, the result of which will have a significant impact on whether his contract will be renewed or not.

Domingo had also returned to Port Elizabeth during South Africa’s T20 series against England when he first got news of the accident. At this stage, it is not clear when he will return to England, but it is expected that he will be back in time before the second Test starts.

The official Twitter Account of Cricket South Africa posted about the sad demise, offering condolences to the coach.

The second Test, in which South Africa could have to contend with playing without Kagiso Rabada while Faf will return to lead the side; the match gets underway on Friday, July 14 at Trent Bridge.

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