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    Bolt at the crease for PUMA's 'Bolt and Yuvi - Battle of the Legends' exhibition match in 2014. | Photo: EFE FILE

"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."

Retired Jamaica sprint king and world's fastest man, Usain "Lightning" Bolt, is charged with improving the speed at which members of the Australian cricket team run between wickets during the upcoming Ashes series, which starts at The Gabba in Brisbane on Nov. 23.

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The Aussies participated in a practice session in which track star, who also plays cricket, imparted quickness technique when running between the sticks.

"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," Bolt said, according to the Herald Sun newspaper.

"They seem to always take off at a slow rate. Getting that right will definitely help people."

Australia's middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb spoke about the session with Bolt and welcomed the tips they received.

"He was giving us a few pointers on how to get a little bit faster," Australia's middle-order batsman Peter Handscomb said of his session with the speedster.

"We'll give it a crack. He was trying to get us nice and low in the turn and in and out. The first couple of steps are key and if we can get them right, we'll be fast,” stated about the tips Bolt doled out to the team.

The 31-year-old explained that he wants to highlight the importance of running in relation to cricket.

"Obviously he's the fastest man ever so if we can have the title with him, that'd be cool," Handscomb added.

Bolt is an eight-time Olympic champion and world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters, who has been touting a post-track career in soccer since retired after the World Championship in London.

"It's (soccer) something that I want to do. I'm trying to get fit now," he said. "My doctor finally passed me after my hamstring problems at the world championships, so now I can start training.

"I've started training while I'm here and trying to get into shape before I get home and next year I'll get a trial and we'll take it from there."

Bolt is in Australia promoting the 'Gatorade Fastest Run' trophy. The accolade will be presented to the Australian cricketer who consistently records the fastest speed between wickets throughout the summer.

“We're developing the Bolt Rate which is the quickest person through the wicket. I'm happy about that, because we're going to see who is the fastest between the wickets,” Bolt said.

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