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Blake aims for a speedy transition in his latter years . . . to cricket

Yohan Blake, the world's second-fastest man, has set his sights on a career in county cricket with Yorkshire when he retires from athletics, and revealed he fancies himself as the new James Anderson.

Yohan Blake, the Jamaican sprinting sensation, fancies himself as a cricketer
Yohan Blake, the Jamaican sprinting sensation, fancies himself as a cricketer

The 24-year-old Jamaican, the Olympic silver medallist over 100 and 200 metres, said he could see himself hanging up his spikes and pursuing a cricket career when he was 29 or 30.

Blake, who is in England to compete over 150m at the BT Great CityGames in Manchester today, has even been formally invited to a nets session at Headingley, although his track commitments will take precedence for the time being.

"Cricket is something that I really love, it's my first love. I think I'm going to tackle it," he said. "I can bowl fast and hit the ball miles. The bowler I am most like is Jimmy Anderson."

Asked when he might make the transition, he said: "I'd say after [athletics]. The human body slows with age, but I haven't reached my peak yet. Somewhere around 26 to 27 I think I'll reach my peak. So somewhere around 29 to 30."

In the more immediate future, he will be in more familiar surroundings this summer as he looks to add to his medal collection in Glasgow.

"I'm going to compete in Glasgow on July 11 for the Diamond League, so why not?" he said when asked whether he wanted to compete at the Commonwealth Games.

"Probably the 200 metres. I'm not sure, but I'll run one of them. [I will decide] much closer to the time, coming up to the trials in June."

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