With eight international teams in action over the past seven days, there are plenty of contenders for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award.
Marlon Samuels ensured that West Indies ended their mixed tour of Bangladesh on a high with an innings of 85 not out off 43 balls on Monday. He then delivered four tidy overs of fast off-spin to give the tourists victory in the only Twenty20 International in Dhaka.
Women’s cricket has also returned this week, with New Zealand and Australia doing battle for the Rose Bowl in Sydney. The White Ferns’ Amy Satterthwaite is the leading run-scorer after the first two matches, with innings of 98 and 109 in the two One-Day Internationals. Her captain Suzie Bates also impressed, hitting an unbeaten century in the first game.
Over in Nagpur, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott all hit half-centuries on a slow pitch to guide England to their first Test series win in India for 28 years. Pietersen’s 73 on the first day set up England’s handy first innings total - one which debutant Root then developed, firstly with Prior, and then with Swann. Of the bowlers, James Anderson took four for 81, while Swann chipped in with three for 76.
And finally to Hobart, where this week’s award winner Mike Hussey continued his stellar 2012 with another century to leave Australia on the brink of victory in the first Test against Sri Lanka. He edges out Sri Lanka’s first innings centurion Tillakaratne Dilshan and his team-mate Peter Siddle, who took five Sri Lankan first innings wickets, to win the award, as much in recognition of his excellent 12 months as this particular century.
Hussey ended Australia’s first innings on 115 not out off 184 balls and shared substantial partnerships with Michael Clarke (of 106) and Matthew Wade (an unbroken 146) to allow Clarke to declare at 450 for five. It was Hussey’s fifth century in six Tests against Sri Lanka - he now averages over 125 against them - and his fourth in 2012, as he continued to buck the trend that has seen ageing greats such as Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar struggle this year.
© Cricket World 2012
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