There were several notable performances in international cricket during the past week. Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke and Rangana Herath all starred in the latter stages of Australia’s drawn Test match against Sri Lanka, with Hughes and Clarke both completing centuries and Herath ending with figures of seven for 157 from a marathon 52 overs.
Left-arm spinner Garey Mathurin surprised everyone by taking three for nine from four overs to level the T20 series against England following Ravi Bopara, Alex Hales and Craig Kieswetter’s heroics in the first match. Hales and Kieswetter both ended with unbeaten half-centuries, while Bopara ripped through the West Indies’ batting with four wickets.
However, the Cricket World Player Of The Week comes from the slightly less celebrated series between Ireland and Canada that took place in Dublin earlier in the week. Irish captain William Porterfield led his side to a 2-0 win in the series that is part of the ICC Inter-Continental Cup One-Day Competition and hit half-centuries in both matches.
His 67 from 75 balls in the opening match was a key component of the home side’s 133-run win, while his 53 from 65 balls in the second helped Ireland seal a comfortable series whitewash.
Earlier in the summer, the 27-year-old from Londonderry led Ireland in their fixture against England, during which they pushed their more fancied neighbours close, following their World Cup triumph over the same opponents, and was a regular in the Warwickshire side that challenged for the County Championship.
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