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Australia enlist Bolt to sharpen up Ashes preparations

Olympic sprinting superstar Usain Bolt turned his hand to cricket in Melbourne as part of Australia's Ashes preparations.

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Olympic legend Usain Bolt at the MCG

Australia will hope to be quick between the wickets during the Ashes after a training session with Olympic sprinting legend Usain Bolt in Melbourne.

Bolt – a keen cricket fan – joined Steve Smith's side as they prepared for the opening Test with England at the Gabba.

A series of social media posts – one labelled 'Coach Bolt' by the Jamaican - showed the eight-time Olympic gold medallist setting the Australian side off on a sprint with their bats at the MCG, while also showing his forward defensive technique.

Bolt then strapped on the pads to show his own skills on the cricket pitch, before a customary 'lightning bolt' pose on the outfield.

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