England fast bowler James Anderson has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he picked up five wickets for the sixth time in his Test career during the second Test against the West Indies.
Anderson bowled beautifully on a pitch that didn't offer an awful lot to the bowlers, picking up five for 87 as the West Indies were bowled out for 310, enabling England to enforce the follow-on.
Anderson dismissed Chris Gayle, Devon Smith and Lendl Simmons on day three to leave the West Indies in some trouble and he returned on day four to dismiss Brendan Nash and Denesh Ramdin to end the innings.
Anderson has developed as a bowler since he made his debut in 2003, and his performance against the West Indies has confirmed that he is ready to lead the attack against the Australians later this year.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Anderson's team-mates Alastair Cook and Stuart Broad, as well as West Indian batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan.
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