Australia Appoint Blewett As Fielding Consultant

Greg Blewett during a Test match
Greg Blewett, pictured here during his Test career with Australia, comes on board as a fielding consultant
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Cricket Australia (CA) have appointed Greg Blewett, who represented his country 78 times, as a fielding consultant for upcoming tours to Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates.

Blewett, who played 46 Tests and 32 One-Day Internationals, has been working with the National Performance Squad and the Australia A team at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane.

"Greg has recently worked with Australia A against India A and completed his level three coaching accreditation," CA's Pat Howard said.

"As a player recently out of the game he will provide valuable expertise and advice, building on the good work he has done at the National Cricket Centre with our emerging players," he added.

Head coach Darren Lehmann has been keen to bring in consultants to assist the team as they begin preparations for the 2015 World Cup, and he knows Blewett well from his South Australia playing days.

"Greg was a brilliant fielder in his playing days and he will bring some fresh advice and ideas as well as a new voice for the players to hear from which is important for everyone’s development.

"It will be great to have him on board in Zimbabwe and the UAE," he said.

Having enjoyed his time working in Brisbane, Blewett says he is looking forward to spending time with the senior team ahead of the World Cup.

"I think Australia has built a good reputation for its fielding over the years and I’m looking forward to maintaining those high standards and hopefully continuing to improve; that’s always the goal," Blewett said.
"I’m really excited to be involved, particularly with a World Cup on the horizon and hopefully having some small impact.

"I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to work with Darren and the other great coaches that are part of the team setup, it should be fun."

Australia head to Zimbabwe where they play in an ODI tri-series with South Africa beginning on 25th August, before they travel to the UAE to play Pakistan in October.

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