Sprint king coaches Aussies

Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt.
Associated Press / Tim Ireland, File

Australian cricketers recently sought help from retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets for the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the l00-meter and 200-meter and eight-time Olympic Champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their “explosiveness” off the mark.

Bolt told the Herald Sun newspaper in Australia, “It’s all about explosiveness and that’s one thing I’ve noticed with cricket — they don’t really have a lot of explosiveness when they’re running.”

The world’s fastest man noted, “They seem to always take off at a slow rate. Getting it right will definitely help people.”

Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August’s World Championships in London said he was trying to increase the awareness of running while batting.

Australian batsman Peter Handscomb said Bolt’s tips were welcomed ahead of the first Ashe Test in Brisbane, which started last week.

Bolt said he has been had been busy after retirement preparing for a stint at football.

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