|Full name||Arnoldus Mauritius Blignaut|
1 August 1978|
|Test debut (cap 48)||19 April 2001 v Bangladesh|
|Last Test||20 September 2005 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 56)||2 September 1999 v West Indies|
|Last ODI||3 June 2010 v India|
|ODI shirt no.||99|
|T20I debut (cap 25)||4 May 2010 v New Zealand|
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 2 September 2017
Arnoldus Mauritius "Andy" Blignaut (born 1 August 1978) is a former Zimbabwean cricketer, who played all formats of the game. He was a right-arm fast-medium bowler, also known as a hard-hitting batsman in ODIs, where he frequently scored a fast rate; though he was seldom able to sustain this form and keeping his wicket intact through many overs. He more often played ODIs, where many runs in a short time are desired, than Tests.
On his Test debut, he took five wickets in the first innings against Bangladesh in Bulawayo in 2001. Blignaut took a hat-trick against Bangladesh in a Test match at Harare on 22 February 2004. He is the only bowler to take a Test hat-trick for Zimbabwe.
Like Travis Friend and Henry Olonga before him, Blignaut was one of the few Zimbabwean bowlers who could exceed 90mph. In a land full of medium-fast bowlers, Blignaut (on his day) formed a lethal opening combination with the dependable Heath Streak, and often rushed the batsmen for pace off the wicket. In an ODI against England at Durham in 2003, he bowled a delivery at 93mph to Andrew Flintoff, but he conceded nearly 10 runs an over, getting neither his line nor his length right. He had the ability to win or lose a game within the space of a few overs.
After playing the series against New Zealand and India in 2005, he withdrew from Zimbabwe selection because he had not been paid.
His ODI strike-rate is over 100, with a high score of 63 not out, and an average of just 19. His bowling average is just above 41, with best bowling figures of 4/43, and an economy of 5.34. He was also a fine fielder.
In the Australian season 2004-05, Blignaut was contracted to play for Tasmania. Injury and poor form prevented him from playing all but a couple of games for the state. He even struggled to make an impact at club level. Eventually he returned to Zimbabwe to re-join the Test side. The second year of his contract with Tasmania was cancelled.
He signed a contract with South African domestic side Highveld Lions for 2006 season. After 2006, he disappear from cricket for a few years before returning in 2010 for a few matches for Zimbabwe.
He works in the family business in South Africa and Zimbabwe.
- "1st Test: Zimbabwe v Bangladesh at Bulawayo, Apr 19–22, 2001". espncricinfo. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Blignaut: Can't pay, won't play". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 April 2018.