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Gayle bats for Bolt

Chris Gayle says Usain Bolt is no push-over on the cricket field.

Colombo – West Indies opening bastman Chris Gayle says Olympic sprint great Usain Bolt wouldn’t look out of place if he was signed by the Melbourne Stars to play in this year’s Australian Big Bash League T20 tournament.

There has been a lot of talk about Bolt lining up to play in the Big Bash after this triple gold medal performance for Jamaica at the recent Summer Olympics in London.

Gayle said he was in constant contact with his fellow Jamaican and that the sprint star would be a danger to others rather than to himself if he rediscovered the form of his junior cricket days.

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“I don’t see anything wrong with it. Usain Bolt played the game before track and field. He wouldn’t embarrass himself. I’m sure he wouldn’t put himself in that position,” Gayle said today in a media session to promote the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

“In a charity game he played against me, he almost knocked my head off with a good, competitive bouncer. So it’s nothing to take lightly. Once he gives himself that actual chance to train and get back in the groove again then he’ll actually put on a show. He can handle himself.”

Gayle said he was really proud to see Bolt defend his 100 metre and 200 metre titles in London last month, which also sparked celebrations in Jamaica and also all across the Caribbean. Bolt’s heroics came during the period when Jamaica celebrated its 50th anniversary of Independence.

“It does a lot for the country, for the whole Caribbean,’’ Gayle said. “We communicate on a daily basis.”

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