April 9, 2003

Blewett stands by for Kent

Kent CCC Media Release

Australian all rounder, Greg Blewett, is set to join Kent as stand-in for Andrew Symonds for the first six weeks of the season.

Symonds, Kent's overseas player for the last two years, is currently playing a series of matches for Australia "A" against South Africa "A" and is expected to be selected shortly as a member of Australia's One Day Squad to play against the West Indies in May.

Ian Brayshaw, Kent's Director of Cricket, explained the situation:

"Andrew has a busy playing schedule ahead of him in the next few weeks. We expect to see him in England ready to play for Kent at the start of June. We are, therefore, delighted Greg Blewett has agreed to join us in his place. Greg has a proven track record at international level and in County cricket and we are sure he wants to make a success of his time at Kent."

Blewett, who is currently in St Lucia representing Australia in an international double-wicket tournament, will arrive in England next week in time for the Club's opening match against Cambridge University on 18 April.

Blewett said:

"I am really looking forward to playing for Kent. I was always keen to play County cricket this summer and this opportunity gives me the chance to make an early impact on the English season."

Blewett is 31. He made his Test debut for Australia in 1994, has played 46 Tests and 32 One Day Internationals for his country. He played for Yorkshire in 1999 and experienced an outstanding season with Nottinghamshire in 2001.