By CricketCountry Staff
Jamaica: Sep 16, 2012
Blake, who bagged two silver and a gold medal in sprint events during the London Olympics, has been in news along with compatriot Usain Bolt for pursuing cricket at professional level.
"Growing up, I always wanted to bat against Brett Lee because they say that he is really quick, so I wanted to see what he is made of," Blake said.
"Usain (Bolt) and I said let's go to Australia and play some cricket; let's check out the Big Bash and see what it is all about," he noted.
"I know those guys are really quick, but I am always ready and I am always playing cricket. I have my bowling machine and my batting machine at home, so I have been practising and getting ready for that," he was quoted as saying by The Gleaner.
Blake played his first cricket match since the London Olympics on Saturday, scoring 20 off 21 balls which included a huge six, playing for Bartley's XI against Correctional Services in the St Catherine Twenty20 League at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
During his innings, Blake smashed the windscreen of a car.
Blake is also set to play in the Portmore Cricket League, which is set to begin on Sunday.
"With this hard training in track and field and I know that cricket training is not that hard and I can make the team and it is my first love, I would go to play cricket," he said.
"I want to finish this (athletics) as early as possible, so I can play my cricket; like somewhere around 30, 29, 28, in that region," he added.
Last month, Blake was 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.
“To be the first non-cricketer to ring the bell at Lord's, the greatest sports ground in the world, with two top teams and get a standing ovation from the crowd, words cannot explain how I felt," he said.