There are at least four strong contenders for this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award. Mitchell Johnson could win the award as he did so a fortnight ago after again dismantling England’s batting line-up in the Ashes; Darren Bravo and Ross Taylor both hit double-hundreds in the thrilling drawn Test match in New Zealand; while Quinton de Kock hit centuries in both One-Day Internationals for South Africa against India.
Bravo - perhaps controversially considering that he didn’t even win the man of the match award in Dunedin - clinches it. He helped the West Indies, with a little help from Darren Sammy (80) and the rain, draw a Test match that they really should have lost. His 218 is the highest score by a West Indian after their side had been asked to follow-on and only the seventh double-century in a follow-on. It helps the West Indies put to bed their dismal performance in the recent Test series in India.
Earlier in the game, Ross Taylor had made precisely one run fewer than Bravo in hitting an unbeaten 217 in New Zealand’s total of 609 for nine declared. He was supported well by his captain Brendon McCullum as the pair added 195 before McCullum fell for 113.
Over in South Africa, it was the De Kock and Amla show as Quinton and Hashim tore into the Indian bowlers and secured their side an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. De Kock struck centuries in both Johannesburg and Durban, while Amla followed up his 65 in game one with 100 on Sunday. India’s much-vaunted batting line-up was a disappointment in both run chases as Dale Steyn took three wickets in both games and Lonwabo Tsotsobe led the show with four for 25 in Durban.
And finally, fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson led Australia to victory over England in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide. Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin both hit centuries in the hosts’ huge first innings total of 570 for nine declared, with Johnson then leading the rout of England by taking seven for 40 in their dismal response of 172.
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