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.

De Villiers bids a fond farewell to coach

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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