Monday 8 August 2011 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Brendan Taylor

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Brendan Taylor
Cricket World Player Of The Week - Brendan Taylor
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Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he scored a half-century and a century in leading his side to a Test win over Bangladesh.

Taylor was appointed as skipper for Zimbabwe's return to Test cricket following six years on the sidelines and he delivered in style.

He made 71 as the home side scored 370 and then bowled Bangladesh out for 287 in reply, Taylor facing 163 balls and taking a fine catch to dismiss Tamim Iqbal.

With his side in trouble in their second innings, he helped them recover from 92 for four at stumps on day three to post 295 for five before declaring.

He stroked an unbeaten 105 in 175 balls to put his side 374 runs ahead - a margin which enabled them to win the game when they dismissed Bangladesh for 244 on the final day, Taylor taking a catch to dismiss opposite number Shakib Al Hasan.

Other contenders for the weekly award were Taylor's team-mates Hamilton Masakadza and Brian Vitori and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan, who scored a century in his side's Twenty20 International win over Australia.

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