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Cricket World Player of the Week - Alex Hales

Cricket World Player of the Week - Alex Hales
Alex Hales scored 171 in the third ODI against Pakistan.
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For scoring the highest individual score by an England batsman in One-Day Internationals during the third game against Pakistan in Nottingham, Alex Hales is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Hales smashed a powerful 171 off 122 deliveries which included 22 boundaries and four sixes and in the process surpassed Robin Smith's unbeaten 167 against Australia in 1993.

The innings also saw Jos Buttler reaching a 22-ball fifty, which is the fastest by an England player while Joe Root became the sixth batsman to score five consecutive fifties in the 50-over format.

Hales and Root added a massive 248-run stand which is the highest for the third wicket by any team while England went on to post the highest ever ODI score in the history of the game surpassing 443, which was set by Sri Lanka against the Netherlands in 2006. England captain, Eoin Morgan also recorded an unbeaten fifty.

In response, Pakistan were dismissed for 275 from 42.4 overs with Chris Woakes picking a four-wicket haul.

In the fourth ODI between the two teams in Leeds, Azhar Ali's 80 and Imad Wasim's unbeaten 50 took Pakistan to 247 for eight in their 50 overs but fifties from Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow helped England to a four-wicket victory which also led them to a 3-1 victory.

Pakistan scripted a turnaround in the final ODI in Cardiff after a four-wicket haul from Hasan Ali and a three-wicket haul from Mohammad Amir restricted England to 302 for nine despite Jason Roy and Stokes scoring fifties.

In response, Pakistan were in deep trouble at 77 for three but a 163-run stand between Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik propelled their team to a four-wicket victory. Ahmed scored 90 while Malik ended up with 77.

The final two ODIs between Australia and Sri Lanka saw the World Champions complete a 4-1 series victory.

John Hastings came up with a tremendous performance picking six wickets for 45 runs in the fourth game in Dambulla to dismiss Sri Lanka for 212 to which Aaron Finch responded with a 18-ball 50 to lay the platform for the Australian victory.

David Warner became the first Australian to score an ODI century in Sri Lanka as they chased down 196 with ease in the final game of the series in Pallekele to complete a 4-1 series victory.

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