Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he scored a century and led his side to a 2-0 Test series victory over New Zealand.
Sangakkara has now captained his country in five Test matches, winning four of them and drawing one in series against Pakistan and New Zealand while he also led his team to the ICC World Twenty20 final in June.
In the second and final Test in Colombo, Sangakkara's 109 in the second innings enabled his side to declare on 311 for five and set New Zealand 494 to win and given that they ralled to be bowled out for 397 - more runs than anyone had ever managed in a fourth innings in Sri Lanka - the runs Sangakkara scored were crucial.
Sangakkara has now scored 544 runs at an average of 60.44 as captain of the Test side with two centuries and two half-centuries.
Other contenders for the weekly award included Sangakkara's team-mates Thilan Samaraweera, Mahela Jayawardene and Rangana Herath, Daniel Vettori for passing 300 Test wickets in the same match and scoring a career-best 140, David Hussey for scoring his maiden ODI century against Scotland and a number of Afghanistanis who impressed during their one-wicket win against the Netherlands, amongst whom were Shapoor Zadran and Samiullah Shenwari.
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