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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell is our Player Of The Week following three fine performances in the United Arab Emirates
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Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after helping his side to a 3-0 One-Day International clean sweep over Pakistan.

Maxwell scored 117 runs and took four wickets in the series, which Australia won courtesy of victories by 93 runs, five wickets and then one run.

In the opening match, Maxwell offered support to centurion Steve Smith by making 21 before taking two for 29 as Pakistan were bowled out for 162 in reply to Australia's 255 for eight.

In the second game, he did not take a wicket but instead played the starring role with the bat during Australia's run chase.

He scored 76 in 81 balls to revitalise the innings after early wickets had left the game in the balance; his quickfire knock ensured Australia would eventually get home comfortably enough in the end.

Then, in the final game, he made 20 in 22 balls as Australia reached 231 for nine but pulled off a remarkable double-wicket maiden in the final over to claim a one-run win for his side.

Pakistan needed just two runs to win - or one to claim a tie - but Maxwell dismissed Sohail Tanvir and Mohammad Irfan, finishing with two for 41, and Australia could celebrate a 3-0 series win.

Smith deserves enormous credit for the way he played during the series, scoring his maiden ODI century in the first game and also scoring 77 in the final match, and was another main contender for our weekly award.

Elsewhere, Marlon Samuels hit 126 and took two wickets as the West Indies beat India in the first ODI in Kochi while runs for Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni as well as impressive bowling from Mohammad Shami did not go unnoticed in the second game.

However, Maxwell's heroics in helping Australia get over the line - with bat and ball - won him our award this week.

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