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Cricket World Player of the Week - Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell went on secure the third spot in the ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen after the series.
Glenn Maxwell went on secure the third spot in the ICC T20I Rankings for batsmen after the series.
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For scoring 211 runs in the two Twenty20 International games against Sri Lanka and leading Australia to a 2-0 series triumph, Glenn Maxwell is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

The 27-year-old, who was axed from the One-Day International series earlier, made a strong statement opening the innings in the absence of Aaron Finch.

In the first game in Pallekele, Maxwell went on to smash an unbeaten 145 to take Australia to 263 in their 20 overs which is the highest team total for an international team in the shortest format. Maxwell's 65-ball knock included 14 boundaries and nine sixes as he became the third batsman to score a century in the T20Is for Australia after Finch and Shane Watson.

In response, Sri Lanka could manage only 178 despite a fifty from Dinesh Chandimal with Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland picking three wickets apiece to help the team claim a 1-0 lead in the series.

In the second T20I between the two teams in Colombo, Dhananjaya de Silva stood firm with a knock of 62 but three-wicket hauls from James Faulkner and Adam Zampa restricted the home side to 128 for nine in the 20 overs.

Any chance of Sri Lanka, levelling the series vanished with Maxwell once again taking the attack to the cleaners with a 18-ball fifty, the fastest by an Australian to ensure a four-wicket victory in the game, thereby winning the series 2-0.

The only T20I between England and Pakistan in Manchester, saw Sarfraz Ahmed's men secure a consolation victory after losing the ODI series 1-4.

The platform for the victory was set by the bowlers as Wahab Riaz picked a three-wicket haul while Hasan Ali and Imad Wasim shared four wickets between them equally to restrict the powerful England lineup to just 135.

Pakistan looked in no trouble during the chase as the openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif scored 59 runs apiece and with their 107-run opening stand, the visitors went on to win the series 1-0.

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