West Indian batsman Chris Gayle has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week following his second Test match triple-century.
Gayle joined Don Bradman, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag in reaching 300 for a second time when he scored 333 in the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Galle.
The left-hander hit 34 fours and nine sixes during his 437-ball knock which put the West Indies in a commanding position, although a combination of resolute Sri Lankan batting and bad weather ensured the match would go on to be drawn.
Gayle's innings was a new career-best for him in Test cricket and the highest score by a West Indian overseas.
Other contenders for the weekly award included AB de Villiers, who made an unbeaten 278 against Pakistan, Brendon McCullum, who hit 225 against India, Mahela Jayawardene, who scored two half-centuries against the West Indies and Charlotte Edwards, who celebrated become the most capped women's cricketer by leading her side to victory against Sri Lanka with figures of four for 30 in the second One-Day International.
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