Allan Donald says he would one day like to be the head coach of the Proteas.
South Africa’s former fast bowler and subsequent bowling coach of the national team is currently taking a break from international cricket to spend time with his family.
Donald stepped down as bowling coach after the World Cup after he decided not to renew his contract with Cricket South Africa. He said at the time that he felt the time was right for him to move on.
Charl Langeveldt has since been appointed as Donald’s successor, while the player known as White Lightning during his playing days still coaches in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Donald told Eye Witness News that he has no immediate plans to return to coaching, but he was aware of the rumours which linked him to the England job after Peter Moores was fired.
According to Donald, he would be interested if the Proteas coaching job became available in the future.
‘That’s something will definitely be interested in down the line and I’ll be very proud to do so but now I just took a little bit of time out of the game and really take stock,’ he told ewn.co.za.
‘I don’t want to be just recognised as bowling coach, I would love to coach as head coach of a team one day and that will be a great honour if that time comes to be back in South African jumper again.’
From the outside Donald always seemed to have a good relationship with the South African players and under his watch the Proteas formed one of the most feared and respected bowling units in world cricket in Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
Steyn has been the best fast bowler in the world for the last four years or so, while Philander took the world by storm when he made his Test debut against Australia in 2011.
Donald also helped Morkel get more consistency in his game which saw him become the excellent ODI bowler he is today.