We look to an exciting week’s action from the ICC World Cup Qualifier in New Zealand for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week.
Calum MacLeod began his career as a bowler for Scotland, but has converted himself into a more than able batting all-rounder as demonstrated by his record score of 175 in just 141 balls against Canada. He hit the highest score by a Scotsman in One-Day Internationals - falling only two short of Paul Stirling’s record for an associate player - and earns this week’s award.
Other notable performances from New Zealand came from Irfan Karim (who hit 82 and 108 to help Kenya qualify for the Super Six stage) and UAE skipper Khurram Khan (who made 78 and 138). Meanwhile, Lameck Onyango took four for 29 to help Kenya beat Hong Kong; Wesley Barresi hit an in-vain for 137 for Netherlands against Kenya; and Lega Siaka smashed 112 in just 82 balls to help Papua New Guinea beat Namibia.
From the mainstream international arena Ravindra Jadeja and Martin Guptill were perhaps the leading contenders to MacLeod. Jadeja hammered 66 off just 45 balls to help India earn a thrilling tie in the third ODI against New Zealand after Guptill had hit 111 off 129 balls. Kane Williamson, meanwhile, followed up his 77 in the second ODI with a knock of 65. Corey Anderson continued to enhance his reputation last week with a breezy 44 off 17 balls and then five for 63 with his medium-pace.
In Australia, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler all hit half-centuries to help England earn a maiden international win on their tour Down Under in spite of Aaron Finch’s century.
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