Monday 25 August 2008 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Kevin Pietersen

England captain Kevin Pietersen has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after the impressive start to his reign in charge continued with a 20-run victory over South Africa in the opening One Day International at Headingley.

Pietersen first hit a crucial knock of 90 not out to help his side reach a total of 275 for four, before Steve Harmison, whose return from retirement owed much to Pietersen, took two wickets to put South Africa under pressure.

On what was a day where everything went right for Pietersen in the field, he himself took two wickets with his off-spin and fellow spinner Samit Patel took a wicket when Pietersen decided to delay the third Power Play.

Pietersen took over the job before the fourth Test against South Africa. England won that match and had an ODI against Scotland and a Twenty20 International rained off before the Headingley match.

Other contenders this week included other captains who led by example who were Mahendra Singh Dhoni (India), Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka) and Charlotte Edwards (England Women) as well as Xavier Marshall for his record-breaking knock against Canada.

The Cricket World ® Player Of The Week is judged by the www.cricketworld.com Editorial Team, which takes into consideration matches played in the preceding week with the final decision made on Monday morning.

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