It is Jacques Kallis who wins this week's award. He ended day one against Australia on 84 and turned that into 147 on day three following a second day washout. His innings helped South Africa make 450 in their first innings.
Jacques Kallis has made the cut and has been selected in South Africa's final 15-man squad for next month's World Twenty20. Test captain Graeme Smith, who was included in the 30-man provisional squad, has not been included however.
The other notable absentee is fast-bowler Marchant de Lange who has still not recovered from the back injury which ruled him out of the ongoing tour to England.
South Africa have rested all-rounder Jacques Kallis and included Dean Elgar in their 15-man squad for the five-match One-Day International series against England which begins in Cardiff on 24th August.
South Africa have recalled Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith to their provisional 30-man squad for the WorldTwenty20 in September. Kallis last played for the Proteas as a regular member of their T20 team in May 2010, while Smith was dropped before February's three-match series against New Zealand.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news looking back at the opening day's play in the two New Year's Test matches - Australia vs India in Sydney and South Africa vs Sri Lanka in Cape Town.
2011 Cricket World Player Of The Year Sachin Tendulkar missed out on his latest chance to score his 100th international century before Australia's quick bowlers - including fast-improving James Pattinson, Peter Siddle and Ben Hilfenhaus - bowled India out cheaply.
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news looking at India beating the West Indies in the second Test and Jacques Kallis becoming the fourth man to reach 12,000 Test runs.
Centuries from Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Mahendra Singh Dhoni put India in a commanding position of the second Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata before the West Indies, despite a valiant attempt from Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, were comprehensively defeated.
Kolkata Knight Riders ground out a comprehensive nine wicket win over Rajasthan Royals to continue their Indian Premier League charge at Jaipur.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis made unbeaten half-centuries as Rajasthan lost for the first time this season.
Jacques Kallis hit a half-century and then held four catches as the Kolkata Knight Riders delighted their home fans at Eden Gardens with a nine-run win over the Deccan Chargers in the Indian Premier League 2011.
Kallis stroked 53 in 45 balls as the Knight Riders bounced back from their opening day defeat at the hands of the Chennai Super Kings to post 163 for four and the Chargers lost wickets regularly before they were held to 154 for eight in reply.
Leading all-rounder Jacques Kallis has been sidelined for two weeks following a rib injury he suffered while batting in the first innings during the ongoing the third Test against India.
Consequently, he will be out of the contention for the first two ODIs slated to commence after the Test series.
Jacques Kallis scored his maiden Test double-century as South Africa declared on 620 for four against India, who then closed day three of the opening match at Centurion Park on 190 for two in their second innings.
India, who were bowled out for 136 in their first innings, showed a dramatic improvement with the bat second time round with openers Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag scoring half-centuries.
South Africa, powered by the unbeaten centuries of Jacques Kallis and Hashim Amla, reached 366 for two to put them in the driver's seat on day two of the opening Test against India at Centurion Park.
The day started off, as South Africa expected, with Mahendra Singh Dhoni adjudged leg before to Morne Morkel, who completed his five-wicket haul, with figures of 5 for 20 as India lasted just three balls before being dismissed for 136 - the score they had started on.