Cricket World Player Of The Week - Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum's stunning century won him our award
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New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his efforts in setting up victory in the Boxing Day Test against Sri Lanka.

McCullum hit a superb 195 in just 134 balls on the opening day of the match, which New Zealand went on to win by eight wickets, in Christchurch.

His innings included 18 fours and 11 sixes and he was on the brink of scoring the quickest double-century in the history of Test cricket when he was finally dismissed.

Having scored the fastest century by a New Zealander, he also scored 1,000 Test runs for the calendar year during the innings, becoming the first New Zealand player to do so.

New Zealand went on to score 441 in their first innings, and despite Dimuth Karunaratne's impressive 152 after Sri Lanka followed on, the visitors were well beaten on the fourth day.

Elsewhere, in a short qualifying period due to Christmas Day falling on a Thursday, there were two other Tests which produced excellent individual performances.

In Melbourne, Steve Smith made 192, Virat Kohli 169 and Ajinkya Rahane 147 as Australia did battle with India.

Ryan Harris backed up an innings of 74 with a haul of four for 70 as Australia chased the series win.

And in Port Elizabeth, Dean Elgar hit a career-best score of 121 and Faf du Plessis made 103 as South Africa started the second Test against the West Indies strongly.

But McCullum's audacious innings wins him our award.

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