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Cricket World Player of the Week - Alex Hales

Cricket World Player of the Week - Alex Hales
Alex Hales scored 383 runs in the five-match ODI series against South Africa.
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For scoring 227 runs in the final three One-Day Internationals against South Africa at an average of 75, England opening batsman Alex Hales is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Hales recorded scores of 65, 50 and 112 in the three games against the Proteas while going on to accumulate 383 runs in the five-match series, which is highest by any England batsman in a bilateral ODI series.

His score of 112 in the fifth game at Newlands was also his career best score in this format after surpassing his previous best of 109 against Pakistan in 2015.

England vice-captain Joe Root was another contender for the award after scoring back-to-back centuries in the third and fourth ODI of the series.

Root went on to notch 125 and 109 in the two games and ended the series with an aggregate of 351 runs from the five ODIs.

Despite Hales and Root's brilliance with the bat, England lost all the three games to South Africa and also the series.

It was centuries from Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in the third ODI in Centurion that helped the Proteas win their first game in the series chasing down 319 with ease in the 47th over with seven wickets in hand.

Chris Morris came up with a special performance in the fourth game in Johannesburg. South Africa were 210 for eight at one stage during the chase of 263 and the Proteas all-rounder smashed a 38-ball 62 to put his team in the course of a series-levelling win.

South African captain AB de Villiers had a quiet series until it came to the deciding game in Cape Town.

Reece Topley was terrific with the new ball as he dismissed de Kock, Faf du Plessis and Rilee Rossow in a span of eight runs while defending a total of 236.

Coming on to bat at 22 for three, de Villiers added 125 runs for the second wicket with Amla and another unbeaten 71 runs with David Wiese to seal the series for South Africa.

Kagiso Rabada managed to transform his form from the Tests to the ODI series as he picked up nine wickets in the last three games and was clinical in restricting England.

Ravichandran Ashwin was instrumental for India in the three-match Twenty20 International series against Sri Lanka as he picked nine wickets, including his career best figures of eight for four in the third game.

Shikhar Dhawan too contributed with scores of 51 and 46 in the second and third T20I respectively as India went on to win the series 2-1.

Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka's three-wicket haul in the first game and Thisara Perera's hatrick in the second game were the only positives for Sri Lanka in the series.

Adam Voges' 239 in the first Test against New Zealand in Wellington deserves a special mention as well.

During the course of the innings, he also broke Sachin Tendulkar's 12-year record for most consecutive runs without getting dismissed. 

Umar Akmal and Cameron Delport scored 93 and 73 respectively in game eight for the Lahore Qalandars against the Quetta Gladiators to post 194 which was defended successfully with the help of Zafar Gohar's four-wicket haul.

Shane Watson and Sharjeel Khan scored 79 apiece in game nine to cap off a convincing victory for the Islamabad United.

Grant Elliott made an impact straightaway in the tournament with the ball as he picked seven wickets in two games to ensure a semi-final spot for the Quetta Gladiators.

The performance of the tournament though, came from Ravi Bopara, who represent Karachi Kings.
In the 12th game against Lahore Qalandars, Bopara scored an unbeaten 71 with the bat and followed it with a six-wicket haul from the four overs with the ball.

Shahid Afridi registered his career best T20 figures for the Peshawar Zalmi in game 17 where he had figures of seven for five which set up an eight-wicket victory for his team.

That concludes the performance for the week. 

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