England fast bowler James Anderson has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he returned a maiden ten-wicket haul in Test match cricket as England thrashed Pakistan by 354 runs at Trent Bridge.
Anderson took 11 of the wickets as England dismissed Pakistan for 182 and then 80 to complete a resounding win and the Lancashire man used conditions to his advantage to send down a number of unplayable deliveries that had the Pakistan batsmen struggling and eventually he returned five for 54 and then six for 17 as batsmen consistently edged him into the slips and gully region, where England's catching was outstanding.
Over the course of the Test match, he dismissed Imran Farhat (twice), Salman Butt, Azhar Ali, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik (twice), Umar Gul Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asif as England claimed victory before lunch on the fourth day.
On his day, and with precise control of the ball swinging both ways, Anderson is one of the best bowlers in the world, and Pakistan had few answers to his probing questions as he picked up the ninth and tenth five-wicket hauls of his career.
A referral was not required to make the decision this week, although other contenders included Eoin Morgan, Matthew Prior, Asif, Gul, Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar.
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