Former South Australia and Australian star Greg Blewett has been appointed as fielding consultant to the Australian international side by former team-mate, and now Australian coach, Darren Lehmann.
Blewett will take on the role on a short-term basis for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and the United Arab Emirates. He replaces American former baseball coach Mike Young.
During his professional career Blewett, like many Australians, was seen as an excellent fielder, particularly at short-leg, a position that is regarded as very specialist. In all Blewett took 45 catches in Test cricket.
The 42-year-old impressed during recent spells coaching with the National Performance Squad and Australia A at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, which prompted Australia to approach him.
Blewett played 46 Test matches and 32 ODIs for Australia in a six-year international career.
Australian coach Darren Lehmann appears to be surrounding himself with ex-Australian players. He already has Michael Di Venuto as his assistant coach and batting coach and Craig McDermott as fast bowling coach.
Lehmann prefers to employ specialist consultants rather than having numerous coaches in the dressing room. An overcrowded dressing room could often lead to confusion with too many voices.
He has already appointed Sri Lankan spin-bowler Muttiah Muralitharan, the scourge of many international batsmen, as spin-bowling consultant, succeeding Shane Warne who was used for the South African tour.
Despite the role being short-term Blewett may be keen to work full-time as a coach in the future as he already holds a level three coaching accreditation and could see this as a stepping-stone to a full-time appointment. If Blewett is seen as a success during this stint with the national side he could become part of the coaching staff for the upcoming World Cup on home soil next year.
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