Monday 15 August 2011 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Alastair Cook

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Alastair Cook
Cricket World Player Of The Week - Alastair Cook
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England batsman Alastair Cook has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he scored 294 in thethird Test against India at Edgbaston.

The innings, the highest score in a Test match at the ground and the sixth highest by an English player, helped set up an innings-and-242-run win for England that put them into an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Not only that, but the victory guaranteed them the number one position in the ICC Test rankings following the end of the series.

Cook's marathon knock saw him hit 33 fours and face 545 balls before he was caught by Suresh Raina off Ishant Sharma within sight of the first triple-century by an Englishman since Graham Gooch's at Lord's in 1991 - also scored against India.

Cook's new career-best, smashing his previous effort of 235 not out, helped England hit 710 for seven declared and having bowled India out for 224 on the opening day, they completed the win with more than a day to spare with India all out or 244 on the fourth day.

In any other week, Zimbabwe's left-arm seamer Brian Vitori would have been a likely winner of the award after taking two five-wicket hauls in his first two One-Day Internationals while other players in consideration including Ricky Ponting, Mitchell Johnson and Vusi Sibanda.

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