England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he turned in a match-winning all-round performance in England's Test win over the West Indies.
Swann scored his maiden Test half-century in making 63 not out, sharing a 93-run stand with Ravi Bopara as England posted 377 all out in the first innings at Lord's. After a brief experiment of opening the bowling didn't bear fruit, Swann returned later in the day to pick up the wickets of Devon Smith and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in consecutive deliveries, later having Brendan Nash caught at slip to finish with three for 16.
In the second innings he again picked up three wickets, dismissing the 2008 Cricket World® Player Of The Year Chanderpaul for four, as well as Jerome Taylor and Sulieman Benn to help set up a ten-wicket victory.
Swann faced stiff competition for the weekly award with Graham Onions, who took five wickets on debut, and Bopara, who scored 143, also following Swann's lead in grasping their opportunities with both hands. All three look set to play leading roles in the Ashes but it is Swann, thanks to his performance in all three disciplines at Lord's (he held two catches as well), who earns this week's award.
Other contenders included Pakistan's Kamran Akmal for his unbeaten half-century in the Twenty20 International win over Australia, with Shahid Afridi also in contention.
The Player Of The Week award is decided by the Cricket World® Editorial Team following a review of the week's matches.
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