Monday 1 September 2008 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Andrew Flintoff

England's talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after three impressive all-round performances last week helped England take a 4-0 lead in their One Day International series against South Africa.

Flintoff has returned to the England side after 19 months out of action with ankle problems and has reaffirmed his position as the world's premier all-rounder, this week justifying his move up the order to number five by hitting an innings of 78 not out and a quickfire 31 from 12 balls while has bowling has been just as important for England.

Called on in the middle overs to exert control and take wickets, he took three for 29 as England won by ten wickets at Trent Bridge, two for 33 in a 126-run triumph at The Oval, and three for 21 at Lord's.

With England winning so convincingly at Trent Bridge, he was not called on to bat but at The Brit Oval, his knock of 78 not out helped England reach 296 after being in some trouble while his thunderous 31 from 12 balls at Lord's helped England race across the finishing line having been set 137 to win in 20 overs.

Other contenders this week included Flintoff's team-mates Samit Patel and Stuart Broad, South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs as well as Sri Lanka's Thilan Thushara, who scored both his maiden ODI half-century and took his first five-wicket haul against India.

The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.

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