Jamaican Yohan Blake, one among the fastest sprinters in the world wants to see himself as one of the world’s fastest bowler when he gives up the running spikes for the bowling spikes.
Blake, 24, says his action resembles English swing bowler James Anderson and is very keen to discover where he ranks against some of the famous West Indies fast bowlers.
“I think I’m going to tackle it after track and field, somewhere around age 29 or 30. I’ve been training hard, both cricket and track and field,” Blake told the Daily Mail.
“I run in so fast and with my strong shoulders you know, I want to see how quick I am through the air. I’m going to get it measured. Cricket is my first love. I’ve been wanting to play for Yorkshire or in England.”
Blake says his idol was former England captain Andrew Flintoff, hoping to watch the allrounder play for Lancashire in England’s domestic T20 competition.
“I would love to see Andrew Flintoff in action. There’s T20 and Freddie Flintoff is not playing because of a little knee injury!” he said.
“He’s a dangerous guy. I remember him come to the West Indies in 2005. I think I was in school and that guy was so dominant. I look up to him. I really look up to him as like his aggression and temperament.”
His fellow sprinter and 100m world record holder Usain Bolt is also a huge cricket fan, and one of his favourite players an Australian legend.
“I can’t wait to come to Australia, and I’m trying to find a way to get down there because it sounds great, and you’re fun people,” Bolt said at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“And one of my favourite cricketers in the world is from your way. I am a huge fan of Matty Hayden. He’s a cool customer out in the middle and I like his style.“
The fastest Jamaican was linked to the Melbourne Stars in 2012, but talks fell out when the world’s fastest man had to focus on his sprinting career.