There are a multitude of contenders for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award, with seven different men hitting centuries in international cricket last week, and starring roles from Mitchell Johnson, Boyd Rankin and Saeed Ajmal with the ball.
Younus Khan edges his Pakistan team-mate Saeed Ajmal out to earn the award. His unbeaten 200 in the first Test against a resilient Zimbabwe finally helped his side take control after an evenly-matched first three days in Harare. Ajmal then followed up his first innings haul of seven for 95 to take four for 23 and seal his team victory.
Younus hit 200 not out off 404 balls and, along with contributions from Misbah-ul-Haq and Adnan Akmal, helped Pakistan to their third innings total of 419 for nine declared.
Other centuries last week came from Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh as Australia trounced Scotland, and England duo Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, who both reached three figures to outdo Ireland captain William Porterfield’s earlier effort of 112.
Michael Clarke then hit 105 in the second ODI against England; his match-winning partnership with George Bailey (82) setting up Australia’s comfortable win. Mitchell Johnson then took two for 36 in an impressively hostile spell of pace-bowling to follow on from his four wickets in the thrashing of Scotland.
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