IN THE HAT: Coach Domingo

When contacted by the Daily Voice last week, CSA spokesperson Altaaf Kazi couldn’t confirm or deny whether Domingo has thrown his name in the hat or not.

But with reports that he didn’t apply gaining momentum, Kazi put out the fire saying Domingo has re-applied for his job as national boss and could stick around after the upcoming Test series against England.

Further reports also suggested that Domingo and six other candidates have already been interviewed by a selection panel which is made of independent board member Norman Arendse, Human Resources specialist Oupa Nkagiseng, board member Rihan Richards as well as former coaches Gary Kirsten and Eric Simons.

Following the interview process a report will be made and the recommendations will be brought to CSA on July 21 before the new coach is announced.

Kazi tells City Press: “We’ll probably make the announcement just after the fourth Test against England [which concludes on August 8].”

While the news that the boss could stick around will bring some relief to the current Test squad, the team has received another boost after allrounder Vernon Philander was passed fit for the first Test which starts on Thursday.

The former World No.1 Test bowler hurt his right ankle while playing county cricket last month and while he missed SA’s draw in their three-day warm-up against England Lions over the weekend, the fast bowler has been passed fit for the Lord’s clash.

Against the Lions, the Proteas’ batsmen had a decent outing, while the bowlers sukkeled.

With the visitors batting first, Heino Kuhn (80*, retired), Hashim Amla (91* retired), Temba Bavuma 85* and Quinton de Kock (51) all got half centuries as they scored 382/4.

Fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel and Chris Morris all sukkeled as the Lions got to 266/4 at the end of the game.

Of his bowlers, assistant coach Charl Langeveldt says: “It was important that we got overs under the belt.

“Our guys bowled well, besides the no-balls, we got two wickets off no-balls, which is a concern.

"It is something that we will need to correct going forward.”