Gregory Scott Blewett
The County’s overseas player for 2001, Greg Blewett was born in Adelaide on 29 October 1971.
A right hand opening batsman, he first came to public attention as captain of the South Australian Under 19 side, which won the Barclays Bank Title at Sydney. He hit the highest score of 85 in the final. He was then picked for the Australian Under 19 Team to tour England in the summer of 1991.
He found English conditions much to his liking, scoring 846 runs, averaging 60.43, including 164 in the second ‘Test’. His first-class debut occurred on his return home and during the 1991/92 season he played in all ten Sheffield Shield games for South Australia.
He hit 571 runs, averaging 35.68. His club side was Prospect, for whom he averaged 70.42. In 1994/95 came his Australian Test debut v England at Adelaide. Later that year he toured the West Indies with the Australian Test side.
In 1996/97 he toured South Africa, followed by a visit to England in 1997, where he hit 686 runs, averaging 40.35. In 1999 he retuned to England as Yorkshire’s overseas player, hitting 655 runs with an average of 31.19. His form during the 1999/00 season, when, in addition to playing in Australia, he toured Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, was not up to his usual standard. However, in the 2000/1 season he batted competently for South Australia.
Apart from batting he bowls occasional right arm medium pace.
His father is Bob Blewett, the South Australian cricketer of the 1970s.