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Cricket World Player of the Week - David Warner

David Warner was at his aggressive best against Pakistan in Sydney
David Warner was at his aggressive best against Pakistan in Sydney

For scoring blistering knocks of 113 and 55 in the Sydney Test against Pakistan, Australian opening batsman David Warner is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

Opting to bat first on winning the toss, Warner needed just 118 minutes and 78 deliveries to score a century - fifth player overall to score a ton in the first session of a Test match and first Australian player to do so. His lethal attack blunted the Pakistan bowling attack completely as they conceded 126 runs in 27 overs without picking a wicket.

In the second innings, after Australia gained a 223-run lead, Warner shut Pakistan out of the game with his 27-ball 57 knock and in the process also registered the fastest fifty by an Australian in Test cricket.

His closest competitor was none other than his opening partner Matt Renshaw. The 20-year-old only on his fourth game registered a record breaking 184 runs which came at a strike-rate of over 60. Renshaw picked up scoring after reaching his 100 following which the runs came at almost 100 strike-rate.

The duo's centuries in the first innings was also supported by another youngster, Peter Handscomb, who notched 110 runs off 205 deliveries to take Australia to a massive 538 for eight in the first innings.

Younis Khan responded with an unbeaten 175 for Pakistan and had a brief support of Azhar Ali, who scored 71. But apart from the duo, the rest looked ordinary as the visitors were wrapped up for 315. After contributions from Warner and fifties from Smith and Khawaja set a target of 465 for Pakistan in the final innings, once again their batting collapsed except for Sarfraz Ahmed's unbeaten 72 to hand the home team a 3-0 series triumph.

The Twenty20 International series between New Zealand and Bangladesh saw the Black Caps claiming another 3-0 series victory.

Kane Williamson was once again consistent with his knocks of 73 and 60 in the first and the third game while Colin Munro and Tom Bruce registered their maiden century and fifty respectively for New Zealand in T20Is.

Corey Anderson reserved his best for the final game when he plundered an unbeaten 94 off 41 deliveries which contained as many as 10 sixes.

There were some special performances from the Big Bash League as well.

Daniel Hughes 85-run knock helped Sydney Sixers chased down 187 against Brisbane Heat in the 15th game while England duo Kevin Pietersen (60) and Eoin Morgan (71 not out) for Melbourne Stars and Sydney Thunder respectively in the 16th game. Morgan had to hit a six off the final to take his team through.

The 17th match saw some powerful hitting from Mitchell Marsh (70) but Chris Lynn and Brendon McCullum powered Brisbane Heat to a comfortable win scores of 98 and 50.

Pietersen scored another useful knock of 73 in game 19 to help Melbourne Stars secure a crucial 46-run win against Melbourne Renegades in derby clash while Daniel Christian's five-wicket haul in the 14th match for Hobart Hurricanes against Adelaide Strikers deserve a special mention as well.

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