There was very little international cricket last week but what there was produced two excellent performances.
Stuart Broad and Heather Knight each put in performances that must rank as high as anything they have achieved in their careers during their respective Ashes series and are named as joint players of the week.
The final day of the men’s Ashes match at Chester-le-Street saw Broad tear through the Australian middle-order on his way to figures of six for 50 on what was an epic last day. After being set 299 to win, Australia were making good progress at 147 for one, but Broad bowled key men Michael Clarke and Steve Smith before trapping Brad Haddin LBW and then wrapping up the tail. It was an all-too-rare reminder of Broad’s preposterous talent as he bowled a fuller length with extra pace and ran riot.
Meanwhile, women’s cricketer Knight hit 157 to help England Women earn a draw against their Australia counterparts. While most of her top-order colleagues struggled, she held firm before finally finding support from Laura Marsh. The two added 156 for the seventh-wicket, with Marsh making a doughty 55 off 304 balls.
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