Russell Domingo has come under huge pressure following South Africa's exit from the ongoing Caribbean tri-nation series © Getty Images
Russell Domingo has come under huge pressure following South Africa’s exit from the ongoing Caribbean tri-nation series © Getty Images

Johannesburg: South African skipper AB de Villiers has backed embattled coach Russell Domingo, saying he has put the side through their paces ‘like never before’. Domingo has come under huge pressure following South Africa’s exit from the ongoing Caribbean tri-nation series. The De Villiers-led side were bundled out for 185 against hosts West Indies to lose the crucial ninth match by 100 runs and surrender their hopes of making it to the tournament final. Following the defeat, the swashbuckling batsman insisted that Domingo had played a major role in transforming the career of many Proteas players in the last four years. AB de Villiers shoulders blame for South Africa’s early exit in Tri-Nation Series 2016

Admitting that Domingo has been doing a fantastic job for the side, De Villiers said that he felt extremely sad to see his coach under pressure, Sport24 reported. The 32-year-old captain further said that his players were responsible for their poor performances and not the coaching staff, who are the best in the world. De Villiers believes that it was the players, who let the coaching staff down in this series and, therefore, they should take their share of responsibility for poor performances in West Indies. The final match of the Caribbean tri-series will be played between West Indies and Australia at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Sunday. AB de Villiers unfazed by milestones after 200 ODIs for South Africa

South African skipper AB de Villiers has took it upon himself and his teammates for his side’s early exit in the tri-nation series 2016. De Villiers was pretty ordinary in this series, scoring just 121 runs in six innings. South Africa, who were considered by many to win the series, fell short in their last group game. Having been sitting pretty on 12 points from five matches, they lost their final encounter against West Indies by 100 runs, which meant an bonus point for the hosts. It took them to 13 points and an encounter against Australia in the final in front of home crowd.