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There are several strong contenders for this week's Cricket World Player of the Week award. However, it is Ravi Bopara who emerges as the winner thanks to his all-round exploits for England in the final One-Day International against Australia.The 27 year-old from London took two for eight from his four overs of brisk medium-pace to help restrict the visitors to 145 for seven from their 32 overs, before anchoring England's run chase with an undefeated 56-ball 52.
The world of cricket was rocked this week by the news that South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher had announced his retirement from international cricket following a freak injury sustained in a pre-tour warm up match versus Somerset.In his weekly column, John Pryor reflects on the changing nature of injuries and how cricketers and teams deal with them.
Ravi Bopara and Alastair Cook both scored half-centuries as England inflicted a 4-0 One-Day International series defeat on Australia by winning the final match at Old Trafford by seven wickets.Australia scored 145 for seven in 32 overs of a rain-shortened match and England eased to a revised target of 138 in 29 overs with 11 balls to spare.
Cricket Australia (CA) have confirmed that Brett Lee and Shane Watson have both suffered calf injuries and will fly home, missing the fifth and final One-Day International against England at Old Trafford.Both men limped off the field during the eight-wicket defeat in Chester-le-Street and fast bowler Mitchell Starc, in the country playing for Yorkshire, was added to the squad as cover.
Since coming back from his international exile following his falling-out with the WICB, he has torn the New Zealand bowlers to shreds in all four matches played so far on their tour of Florida and the Caribbean. His comeback began with a 51-ball 53 in England last month, but really ignited with back-to-back half centuries against the hapless Kiwis at Lauderdale last weekend, before reaching a climax with his 20th ODI century in the second ODI on Saturday.
England cruised to their target of 201 with eight wickets and 13 balls to spare; in doing so winning the series against Australia by three matches to none with a game still to play at Old Trafford on Tuesday.
England off-spinner Graeme Swann has been rested for the final two One-Day Internationals against Australia after reporting discomfort in his right elbow.Kent off-spinner James Tredwell has been added to the squad as his replacement while Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes is also included ahead of the final games of the series in Chester-le-Street and Manchester.
Former England international off-spinner Peter Such has been name as the England & Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) Lead Spin Bowling Coach.He has been undertaking the role on a part-time basis for the last three years but will now be based permanently in Loughborough.
The arrival of Australia for this five-match One-Day International series has elicited plenty of talking points already such as the scheduling of the series itself and what, if any pointers, it can give us for next year's Ashes contest, writes John Pennington.I don't feel it will tell us an awful lot about a Test series 12 months down the line. I doubt the winning captain will be talking about how this series was the launchpad for Ashes success when interviewed at The Oval next August.
A cricket betting video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket betting odds as John Pennington and Alastair Symondson look ahead to the England v Australia One-Day International series and the final of Euro 2012 in Kiev.England meet Australia in the first of five One-Day Internationals at Lord's on Friday and both sides are equally favoured by the bookmakers, both for the first game and the series overall. Can the likes of Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and Patrick Cummins help their side beat England on home soil or will England repeat their success of two years ago?
A cricket video for Cricket World TV about the latest cricket news from as we get the thoughts of former Essex and England spin bowler Peter Such on the upcoming England-Australia ODI series.He anticipates a tough series of five One-Day Internationals for Alastair Cook's men and although Australia are going through a transitional period, Such believes they are still a good team.
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