CW Player Of The Week - Trent Boult
Trent Boult wins this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award after taking career-best figures of 10 for 80 to help New Zealand bounce back from their disappointment in Dunedin to thrash the West Indies in the second Test in Wellington.
Boult was responsible for nine of the 16 wickets that the tourists lost on the third and final day at the Basin Reserve. He delivered an exemplary display of in-swing bowling to help mop up the West Indies first innings for 193 and end with six for 40. He then dispatched the lower half of their batting line-up in the second innings after they were asked to follow-on and were all out for only 175.
Ross Taylor had earlier followed up his Dunedin double-hundred with 129 as New Zealand made an imposing 441 after being asked to bat by Darren Sammy.
Among the other notable performers from the past seven days was the in-form Quinton de Kock, who made it three centuries in a row against India in the One-Day International series in South Africa. AB de Villiers also hit a century in the third ODI, but the hosts were denied the chance to push for a whitewash of the world champions by the Centurion rain.
Australia are on the brink of regaining the Ashes at the earliest opportunity and it was Steve Smith who played the key role in the first half of the match with a knock of 111 to help the hosts recover from a poor start at the WACA. David Warner then hit a quick-fire 112 in the second innings as Australia built a lead.
Over in the UAE, Ireland completed the treble by beating Afghanistan in the final of the ICC Intercontinental Cup to go with their triumphs in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier and ICC World Cricket League Championship earlier this year. John Mooney played the starring role with match figures of 10 for 81, while Ed Joyce, John Anderson and Niall O’Brien all hit half-centuries. Rahmat Shah hit a valiant unbeaten 86 in the fourth innings for the Afghans.
And finally, the Twenty20 International series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka ended in a 1-1 draw, with the latter holding onto to their number one ranking in the format. Shahid Afridi was named man of the series, mainly for his performance in Pakistan’s win in game one where he took one for 20 from his four overs and hit a crucial 39 not out off only 20 balls in their run chase. Kushal Perera (84 off 59 balls) and Sachithra Senanayake (3-27) then helped Sri Lanka level the series in game two.
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