Cricket World Player Of The Week - James Anderson

James Anderson has been named as the Player Of The Week after his performance at The Ageas Bowl
James Anderson has been named as the Player Of The Week after his performance at The Ageas Bowl
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England fast bowler James Anderson has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his efforts in helping his side win the third Test against India at The Ageas Bowl.

He was not alone in playing an important role in England's 266-run win and fine performances from Alastair Cook, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali all came in for consideration.

While Cook and Ballance scored most of their runs on the opening day of the Test - the Sunday of the week before - Bell, Buttler and Ali can consider themselves a little unlucky with our decision.

However, on a pitch that was good for batting, Anderson's five wickets in the first innings and two on the final morning earned him the award.

Replying to England's 569 for seven declared, India were bowled out for 330 as Anderson removed Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammad Shami to put England firmly in charge.

The Lancashire man - who at the time still didn't know whether he was to be allowed to play in the final two Tests - bowled with incredible control of the swinging ball to pick up five for 53.

Then, on the final morning, with England needing six wickets to win the game, he set England on their way to swiftly finishing off the game by having both MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma caught behind for six.

After that, India's lower order was exposed and Ali did the rest, capping an impressive performance with a six-wicket haul.

A return to form for Cook saw him score an unbeaten 70 in the second innings to set up the declaration, Ballance scored 156 and Buttler 85 on debut in the first innings in which Bell added 167 but still, Anderson's performance was our choice for this week's award.

Credit should also be paid for the South African batting line-up that held out on the final day of the second Test against Sri Lanka, earning themselves a series win.

In completely different circumstances to Anderson's match, Hashim Amla, JP Duminy and Vernon Philander blocked their way to the result they needed despite Dilruwan Perera's five-wicket haul.

Had Perera taken another wicket or two and won the game for his side, this award might well have been going his way, but whereas Sri Lanka couldn't break South Africa's resolve, Anderson, Ali and their team-mates were too good for India.

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