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Blewett joins Australia as fielding consultant

Brydon Coverdale

August 14, 2014

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Greg Blewett at a training session, Sydney, December 7, 2002
Greg Blewett will be working with the Australians for the next few months © Getty Images
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Former Test batsman Greg Blewett has joined the growing list of ex-players called upon to help coach Australia, having been named as a fielding consultant for their next two tours. Blewett will work with the Australians for the one-day tri-series in Zimbabwe and for their matches against Pakistan in the UAE.

Australia have not had a permanent fielding coach since Steve Rixon left the support staff in January, although before the home summer they had appointed Mike Young on a short-term contract. The inclusion of Blewett continues the trend under head coach Darren Lehmann of bringing in ex-players as short-term consultants, tapping a wider knowledge base than may otherwise be the case.

Shane Warne was named as a spin consultant for Australia's World Twenty20 campaign earlier this year and worked with the side in South Africa ahead of the tournament. Muttiah Muralitharan was appointed as a coaching consultant in June in an effort to help Australia's spinners maximise their success against Pakistan in the UAE, and now he will be joined on the staff by Blewett.

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

Although Blewett has spent much of his post-cricket career in the commentary box, he recently completed a level three coaching accreditation and worked with Australia A and the National Performance Squad at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane. Blewett said he was keen to help the Australians hone their fielding, especially with a World Cup coming up.

"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," Blewett said. "That's always the goal.

"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's first match in Zimbabwe is against the hosts on August 25. Their UAE tour starts with a T20 against Pakistan on October 5.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. @brydoncoverdale

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Posted by Clavers on (August 19, 2014, 2:31 GMT)

I remember a boundary throw by Blewett in a test match from the straight boundary at the Adelaide Oval, possibly the longest boundary in the world, which directly hit the stumps and ran out a batsman taking a fourth or maybe even fifth run.

Good man for the job.

Posted by redneck on (August 14, 2014, 7:34 GMT)

boof and blewy in the coaching set up. we might not be able to get a south aussie in the team but at least we have a couple in the coaches box!!! all we need now is to pry dizzy from yorkshire and we can have the trifector!!!

Posted by Masking_Tape on (August 14, 2014, 6:35 GMT)

What happened to Mike Young?

Posted by MrPud on (August 14, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

Mark Waugh was far and away the best slipper and close in fielder but Blewett was a very quick runner with a cannon for a throw. More suited for outfield.

Posted by milepost on (August 14, 2014, 5:33 GMT)

More nightmares for England ahead of the next Ashes. Australia have the likes of Murali, Warne, Blewett, Lehman etc and England have Moores and Fabrice. The latter pair sound more like a department store.

Posted by fazald on (August 14, 2014, 5:29 GMT)

This is a good move. It is better to make use of the services of our past cricketers to maintain the standards we expect from our cricketers and it is very encouraging to see them come forward to help in the rebuilding process. Greg Blewett was not only a fine fielder but also a an aggressive batsman as well as a good bowler which should really come in handy.When our coaches are very much in demand the world over we need to realize that we need to make use of their talent first. Yet I reckon some foreign coaches may not teach you all the tricks of the trade especially where bowling is concerned.

Posted by Sharath274 on (August 14, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

Who was the better fielder amongst Blewett, Mark Waugh & Michael Bevan ??

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