Yohan Blake makes appearance at the Home of Cricket
London Olympic relay gold medallist Jamaica’s Yohan Blake was today given the honour of ringing the bell to signal the start of play in the third and final test match between England and South Africa at Lord's.
The ringing of the bell at the ‘Home of Cricket’ is considered as a huge honour, which the Jamaican sprinter, dressed in a grey suit with overgrown nails received.
Blake was a part of Jamaica’s world record-breaking 4x100 meter relay team, and finished at the second spot to compatriot Usain Bolt in both – 100 meters and 200 meters finals in the recently-concluded London Olympics.
The Sydney Sixers are hoping to lure Blake to play in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League after fellow sprint star Bolt said he wanted to turn out for the Melbourne Stars.
According to Sixers chief executive Stuart Clark, he was keen on setting up a showdown between the world's two fastest men on the cricket field, adding, Blake would be a marketer’s dream, but from all reports he can play cricket and that’s better than anything else.
Blake in the meantime will return to more familiar surroundings when he participates in the IAAF Samsung Diamond League Meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland next Thursday.