There are several candidates for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award, with England’s tour match against Haryana, the start of the first Test at the Gabba, and New Zealand’s rain-lashed ODI series in Sri Lanka all seeing players produce good performances.
Nick Compton hit back-to-back half-centuries for England in Ahmedabad, while Kevin Pietersen made a scintillating first innings hundred. However, the bowling was perhaps not of the highest standard.
Where it was considerably better was in Queensland, where Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla each reached three figures and added 165 for the third-wicket to help South Africa cope with the loss of JP Duminy. Indeed, it is Kallis who wins this week’s award. He ended day one on 84 and turned that into 147 on day three following a second day washout. His innings helped South Africa make 450 in their first innings - a position from which they shouldn’t lose in spite of Michael Clarke’s subsequent double-hundred.
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The other international action was in Sri Lanka, where Tillakaratne Dilshan hit an unbeaten century in the third match to ensure the hosts couldn’t lose the series, and Jeevan Mendis took three for 15 to help them clinch the series victory in the fourth match.
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