It seems a long time ago now but Shane Watson hit a powerful century on the first day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval and earns this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week award.
His 176 off 247 balls - his highest Test score and maiden Ashes century - helped Australia establish a strong position early on in the match and allowed Michael Clarke to set up the dramatic finish. Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen then made contrasting, but equally valuable, half-centuries as England looked like pulling off the win before bad light intervened.
Watson’s main contender for the award this week was Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad, who made two big contributions to his side’s 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe. He hit 70 off 50 balls in the first T20 match and was then even better in the second by smashing an unbeaten 98 off 64 balls to set up another relatively comfortable win.
In the women’s Ashes, which has been a closely-contested affair thus far, Sarah Taylor, Heather Knight, Meg Lanning and Charlotte Edwwards have each made at least one half-century. England lead the series 6-4 ahead of the first T20I tomorrow.
Taylor’s knock of 64, along with her stunning catch in yesterday’s match helped England win the ODI leg of the series on Sunday, while Edwards hit fifties in the opening two matches and Knight (scores of 31 and 69) continued her excellent series. Lanning has been Australia’s best batter with knocks of 56 and 64.
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