His stronger suit is his pace bowling, and he returned the best figures by a Zimbabwean on Test debut – 5 for 73 in the first Test against Bangladesh at Bulawayo in April 2001. Blignaut took a hat-trick against Bangladesh in a test match in Harare on 22 February 2004.
He was the first, and to date only, bowler to take a test hat-trick for Zimbabwe. But he was one of the 15 rebel players who was involved in the stand-off with the Zimbabwe board and was ultimately sacked by them. In June 2004 he joined the growing exodus from Zimbabwe by signing for Tasmania, and also had a brief stint with Durham during the English summer. After a four-year break from the game, Blignaut resurfaced in early 2010 during the return of several former players to the Zimbabwe fold. He signed for the Matabeleland Tuskers franchise and was included in Zimbabwe’s squad for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean, as well as the home tri-series with India and Sri Lanka that followed.
Nowadays he’s based in both SA and Zim working on the family business. At the age of 31, Zimbabwean chief selector Alistair Campbell has talked with him about a possible return and it is said that he is interested in it.