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South Africa‘s head coach Russell Domingo had to leave the tour of England for a second time round in a month’s time after his mother was rushed to hospital following a car accident last month. During the T20 series against England – when the car accident happened – Domingo had to rush back home to see his ailing mother. He then travelled back to the UK during the tour-match in Worcester when his mother was discharged, but a second emergency has forced Domingo to leave the tour again and be with his family. His mother is currently on life support.

Last week, Domingo confirmed he had reapplied for the post of South Africa’s head coach after he was unsure that whether he wanted to continue in the role or not. Domingo was interviewed by the five-man panel, which includes former national coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons, to recommend a candidate for the coach’s role to Cricket South Africa (CSA). The committee will meet with CSA’s board on July 21 and a decision on the new coach will be made shortly thereafter.

In the absence of Domingo, the coaching responsibilities will be undertaken by South Africa’s backroom staff, which includes assistant coach Adrian Birrell, batting consultant Neil McKenzie, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt and spin bowling consultant Claude Henderson. After losing the first Test by a massive margin of 211 runs, the team will travel to Nottingham on Tuesday, July 11 to prepare for the second Test.