When Gary Kirsten became national coach in 2012 and appointed Russell Domingo as his assistant, it was, to a degree, payback.
It was as Warriors coach that Domingo had shown faith in a recently retired and inexperienced as coach Kirsten to do some consultancy batting work at the franchise.
“I saw passion, commitment and a lot of skill as a coach,” Kirsten recalls of his visits to the Eastern Cape. “He has an impressive, analytical mind and a great work ethic, so it was a no-brainer for me to ask him to be my number two.
Domingo had also enjoyed recent success with the franchise winning the domestic one-day and T20 tournaments in the 2009-2010 season.