Yohan Blake makes his presence at Lord's

Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake poses for photographers before ringing the bell at the start of play during day one of the 3rd Test match between England and South Africa at Lord’s Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

London: Aug 16, 2012

London Olympics gold medallist, Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake was on Thursday 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 4x100m 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 Yohan Blake to play in Australia’s domestic Twenty20 Big Bash League after fellow sprint star Usain Bolt said he wanted to turn out for the Melbourne Stars.

Like Bolt, Blake is from Jamaica and cricket-mad, and Sixers chief executive Stuart Clark said he was keen on setting up a showdown between the world’s two fastest men on the cricket field.

“For one he is a great athlete, and yes he would be a marketer’s dream, but from all reports he can actually play cricket and that’s better than anything else,” Clark told the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

“If he can do what he says he can do, and I have no reason to disbelieve him, Yohan would be a marquee player for me to sign. I would definitely be considering it.”