There are once again plenty of contenders for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award.
Amit Mishra was the star for India in their ODI series clean sweep over Zimbabwe. He took three for 25 in the fourth match and six for 48 in the fifth to end with the most wickets by any bowler in a five-match series. His 18 scalps at the average of 11.61 puts him level with his countryman Javagal Srinath, who also took 18, albeit in a seven-match series against New Zealand in 2002-03.
JP Duminy excelled with both bat and ball as South Africa bounced back from their mauling in the ODI series in Sri Lanka to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the T20 Internationals. Duminy hit 51 in a low-scoring first match before taking three for 18 with his off-spin and then hit 30 in the second. The fifth and final ODI between the two sides saw good performances from Tillakaratne Dilshan (99) and Kumar Sangakkara (75 not out off 45 balls) as Sri Lanka wrapped up the series 4-1.
Michael Clarke, though, is the winner of this week’s award. His 187 in the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford helped Australia avoid the series whitewash and almost kept their hopes of regaining the urn alive before they were denied by rain on the final day.
Clarke’s innings spanned 314 balls and included the match-defining fourth-wicket partnership of 214 with Steve Smith (89). A century from Kevin Pietersen, and then the rain, unfortunately prevented his side from capitalising on it.
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