New Zealand all-rounder Grant Elliott has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after his performances with bat and ball helped his side reach the ICC Champions Trophy final.
He picked up figures of four for 31 as New Zealand bowled England out for 146 in their final group game and needing to win to make the semi-finals, they went on to win by four wickets, but not before Elliott broke a thumb while batting.
Despite that, he was able to play against Pakistan in the semi-final and after the Black Caps were set 234 to win, Elliott came to the crease with them on 71 for three. He remained there until the end, unbeaten on 75 as they got home to reach the final against Australia with 13 balls to spare.
He hit five fours and a six in his innings, two of the fours and the six coming off Umar Gul in the 46th over - a passage of play that turned the game decisively in New Zealand's favour.
Other contenders this week included his team-mate Daniel Vettori, Australian captain Ricky Ponting and England all-rounder Tim Bresnan.
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