Monday 23 June 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Kraigg Brathwaite

Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates reaching his maiden Test century
Kraigg Brathwaite celebrates reaching his maiden Test century
© WICB Media / Ashley Allen
 

West Indian opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been named the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his maiden Test century helped set up a series-levelling win for his side over New Zealand.

Brathwaite was recalled to the side to replace Kieron Powell at the top of the order following a dismal 186-run defeat in the opening Test at Sabina Park in Jamaica.

And the right-hander did not disappoint, scoring an important 129 in 259 balls to steer the home side towards a score of 460 in reply to 221 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.

He stood firm after the early departures of Chris Gayle and Sulieman Benn, forming partnerships with Kirk Edwards and Darren Bravo, who also reached three figures.

He hit 13 fours in all before falling, caught and bowled to Trent Boult.

And after making 14 not out in the second innings as the West Indies wrapped up a 10-wicket win, he was named as the man of the match.

Bravo was another strong contender for this week's award after scoring a fluent 109 in 155 balls while Gayle's 80 not out in 46 balls in the second innings also caught the eye.

Among the bowlers, Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach both took four wickets in an innings, as did Ish Sodhi for New Zealand.

In the other Test being played this week, Sam Robson was another opener to make a maiden century for England against Sri Lanka.

Robson hit 127 as, like Brathwaite, he held firm at the top of the order to put his side ahead after the first innings, England making 365 in reply to 257.

Stuart Broad also took a hat-trick and Liam Plunkett five wickets but Brathwaite's effort gives him the edge in our view.

© Cricket World 2014