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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell
Maxwell's all-round performance in the tri-series final against England earned him the weekly award.
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Following a fine all-round performance in a high-stakes game, Glenn Maxwell is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

James Taylor, Grant Elliott and Shahid Afridi are the other players who caught our attention, but maximum impact, maximum runs and maximum wickets means Maxwell was a unanimous choice.

Walking in at a very critical juncture in the Carlton Series One-Day International tri-series final, Maxwell took Australia to relative safety before the James Faulkner blitz, putting on 141 runs for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh.

Maxwell’s 95 came off just 98 balls, studded with 15 boundaries. Maxwell walked in with the score at 46 for three. When he was dismissed by Stuart Broad, caught behind, yet again narrowly missing out on a century, Australia had crossed 200 and were ready to launch an assault in the last 10 overs.

That is not all. Maxwell tormented the English taking four wickets, including those of Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes off successive deliveries to virtually end the English challenge. Ravi Bopara and Broad also fell prey to Maxwell’s off-spin, and he returned fine figures of four for 46 in nine overs to dash ahead for the man-of-the-match award.

Elliott is another player who created maximum impact both as batsman and bowler in the first ODI against Pakistan. Elliott picked up three for 26 in 4.3 overs as Pakistan were bundled out for 210. He also scored an unbeaten quickfire 64 to ensure that the chase was completed smoothly to round off an intimidating performance by the Black Caps.

In the same match, Afridi triggered a late onslaught, scoring a violent 67 off just 29 balls with nine boundaries and three sixes to take Pakistan from 126 for six to 210.

Taylor’s 82 off 122 balls against India in the final group-stage ODI of the Carlton Series is another effort worth a mention. Taylor arrested the slide as England stumbled to 66 for five chasing 201 in a virtual knock-out match for a spot in the finals. Taylor put on 125 runs for the sixth wicket with Buttler, who made 67 in just 78 balls to anchor the high pressure chase.

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