Australia coach Greg Blewett fielding has revealed he is in a three-year contract with Cricket Australia, in contrast to the short-term appointment of experienced Mike Young to help guide the host through the vagaries of World Cup 2015.
A lack much in the way of a background of coaching have concentrated more on the comment since his retirement as a player, Blewett was brought into the fold last year coaching apprenticeship which quickly expanded to a full-time commitment. His arrival came at the request of national coach Darren Lehmann after the two forged a strong relationship as teammates with South Australia and Australia.
Blewett talked about his long-term agreement with CA when ruling out any return to be involved with the Redbacks, who have fought to the 2014-15 season, after the death of Phillip Hughes and have now installed a decidedly youthful captain in the form of the lefty Travis Head.
The Australian team struggled to maintain standards fielding last summer under the tutelage of Blewett during tests against India, and was greatly improved when young returned before the World Cup. However, it is Blewett who has been anointed as the man for the long term, and said he had learned much about how to motivate their positions in the course of the series against Pakistan, India and now this campaign.
“I think during the series test match with what happened in the beginning of the series, obviously with Phillip Hughes and comes from the Pakistan series, only a large amount of time he faced in the field,” Blewett said. “We came up against quality batsmen and you just spend much time in the field and I think a little fatigue to enter this test match series.
“What have you done over the past month or so shows some footage of some very good Australian gardeners who have gone before these guys, is expected from replicate a little of what people like Andrew Symonds Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden all that kind of guys – get a little forced his legacy in Australia cricket team.
“The other thing we are trying to create a little competition between the boys in training and then when they reach the game is all about power at the right time and show what they can do. We just encourage them to go around, make little things well but also put on a show for everyone because we have some great gardeners “.
Abject failure of the Test team against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates last October, has obscured the fact that the previous ODI series was won 3-0. Blewett said the trip he and the rest of the staff a lot of training lessons on how to handle the rigors of travel and keep players fresh in the mind and body had.
“That was a long tour and sit a while ago now, but very important for the entire coaching staff when faced with these conditions again we learn that, but really now, the focus has to do with the World Cup. Pakistan again, have had some success against us recently, but I think that how one day against all teams is highlighted.
“The World Cup, I think everyone had a couple of weeks off, freshened up nicely and more about attitude than anything, so the guys are flying.”
Young was absent from the team after the end of the successful tour of South Africa in March last year, but was called back in by Lehmann and the head of team performance Pat Howard offer encouragement and advice to the players for the World Cup. Blewett said he was learning a lot of young, but also stated that this was now his job.