ICC Champions Trophy: AB de Villiers hopes to give coach Gary Kirsten a good send-off

Last Updated: 03/06/13 2:21pm

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AB de Villiers (L): Looking to give 'mentor' Gary Kirsten a great send-off

AB de Villiers (L): Looking to give 'mentor' Gary Kirsten a great send-off

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South African skipper AB de Villiers hopes to give coach Gary Kirsten a memorable send-off in the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy.

Kirsten was appointed on a two-year deal in August 2011, with an option of a further two years, but will step down after the tournament to spend more time with his family.

The 45-year-old has left the Proteas in a healthy state, having guided them to the top of the Test world rankings while never experiencing defeat in six series.

He will be replaced by his current assistant Russell Domingo and de Villiers is excited about the future.

The skipper told Sky Sports: "It would be nice to give him a good farewell.

"He's been a great coach for us, we've learned a hell of a lot from him in the few years that he's been our coach and he's more like a mentor in the team.

"No one calls him coach - it's almost like one of our friends, mentor-kind of guy who's really managed the team very, very well in the few years.

"So he'll be dearly missed but Russell Domingo takes over after him and he's also a very capable coach and he knows the system really well now having spent a few years with us and it's very exciting to see him take Gary's place."

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