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by Krish Sripada Monday 14 September 2015
For a responsible but flamboyant knocks of 62 and 92 under pressure in the third and fourth One-Day International games respectively against Australia that helped England fight back in the series, Eoin Morgan is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
England were chasing 300 in the fourth ODI at Headingley, Leeds. Their in-form skipper, Morgan scored a run-a-ball 92 that included eight fours and two sixes.
England were in a spot of bother at 89 for three, but Morgan added 91 with Ben Stokes and 58 with Jonny Bairstow ensuring that the required rate came down and the victory was in sight.
Morgan led from the front in the series scoring a brisk 62 in the third ODI at Old Trafford, Manchester when England posted a total of 300 which Australia couldn’t chase down.
There were some more brilliant performances in the fourth ODI as well, but none flashier than Glenn Maxwell’s 64-ball 85. He picked a wicket and took two stunning catches in that match as well.
George Bailey scored a responsible 75 in the match to help Australia reach 299, which England eventually chased down thanks to Morgan’s knock.
Along with Maxwell’s contribution, Pat Cummins’ 4-49 in 10 overs also went in vain.
There were other contenders for the Player of the Week as well.
James Taylor scored his maiden ODI hundred at number three position helping England post 300 in the third ODI grabbing the opportunity given to him with both hands.
Jason Roy’s sparkling 45 ball 63 was the other highlight of the match. Australia were dismissed for 207.
Moeen Ali stood out with figures of 3-32 in 10 overs complementing Adil Rashid beautifully, the latter registering figures of 2-41.
The fifth and final ODI turned into a one-sided contest with Australia taking the series 3-2. That game too had some excellent contributions, all from Australian players.
John Hastings registered figures of 3-21 in 10 overs, wrecking the England top order.
Mitchell Marsh cleaned up the lower middle order with figures of 4-27 that helped him win the man of the match.
Chasing 139, Australia were soundly guided by Aaron Finch’s unbeaten 64 ball 70 as he added an unbeaten 109 for the third wicket with Bailey.
That concludes our round-up of best cricket performances this week.
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