States show little interest in former Australia batsman January 18, 2007

Blewett aims for two more years

Cricinfo staff

Greg Blewett cannot find his way back into the South Australia line-up © Getty Images

Greg Blewett remains hopeful he can play first-class cricket for two more years despite several states indicating they have no interest in signing him up. Blewett, 35, who is contracted to South Australia until the end of 2007-08, was dropped from the side due to poor form in his three one-day matches this season having lost his place in the Pura Cup team in 2005-06.

Blewett was disappointed not to be recalled after injuries hit the South Australia top order and kept Darren Lehmann, the captain, and Cameron Borgas, the No. 3, out of action. He said South Australia's agreement to pay out the remainder of his $270,000 three-year deal should make him an attractive option to the other states.

"I would quite like to play on as I wouldn't like to finish on these sort of terms," he told Adelaide's Advertiser newspaper. "If I sign on for someone else, I will get paid whatever I can negotiate for that state which I think will help me in terms of my bargaining power. I think I'm in a pretty strong position."

But Blewett, who wants to play in the eastern states, said it was unlikely he could step into the shoes of the newly-retired Michael Bevan at Tasmania. "I am not sure I would fit into a team like Tassie which has gone down a development path," Blewett said.

The paper reported that Victoria and Queensland were not interested in adding Blewett to their squads, leaving New South Wales as his main option. Graham Dixon, the Queensland Cricket chief executive, said his state preferred to use local players. "We haven't spoken to Greg and don't intend to at this stage. Without closing the door he isn't part of the plans," Dixon said.

Cricket Victoria said Blewett had been considered but they were looking instead at younger batsmen. South Australia, who are on the bottom of the Pura Cup and FR Cup tables, replaced Lehmann and Borgas in the limited-overs team with newer players such as Ken Skewes and Ben Cameron.