Cricket World® Player Of The Week - England
The Cricket World® Player Of The Week award has this week been given to the ICC World Twenty20 champion team England in recognition of their performance in the Caribbean.
They overcame a slow start to the competition, when they were beaten by the West Indies and then pushed hard by Ireland in the initial group stage to go on a five-match unbeaten run and end a 35-year wait for a global tournament win.
By beating Pakistan, South Africa and New Zealand in the Super Eight stage they qualified for the semi-finals, and a comprehensive seven-wicket win put them through to a first global final for six years, against their oldest rivals, Australia.
After winning the toss and inviting Australia to bat first, they struck early to reduce them to eight for three and bowled and fielded well to restrict the reigning 50-over world champions to a score of 147 for six.
In reply, England lost Michael Lumb early but a 111-run partnership between Kevin Pietersen (47) and Craig Kieswetter (63) ensured there would be no slip-ups and they eventually got home with three overs to spare.
Australia could at least take heart from the fact that their women would go on and win their ICC World Twenty20 final, holding on to beat New Zealand by three runs in a thrilling match which ended a fine festival of Twenty20 cricket in the West Indies.
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