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Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root and Lasith Embuldeniya

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One man, the Player of the Series, who scored 44.4 % of the team's runs in the series. The other, a 24-year-old, bagging his first 10-wicket match haul. It would have been utterly unfair to not let the two share the Cricket World Player of the Week.

It is not often that a player gets a nomination for the Cricket World Player of the Week on consecutive occasions. However, the form and the class that Joe Root has shown in the two-match test series against Sri Lanka in foreign conditions has been commendable.

Only Wally Hammond, Sir Donald Bradman, Vinod Kambli, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Clarke and Virat Kohli have scored consecutive double centuries in test cricket.

Joe Root was almost there and would have joined the club had he not been run out by Oshada Fernando in England's first innings of the 2nd test match at Galle when the close-in fielder hit the base of the stumps with Root on 186.

By then, Root had done enough to lay the foundation of England's victory, which came of course with help from the Sri Lankan batsmen in the second innings as England won the second test by 6 wickets to clean sweep the series.

On the other hand, a 24-year-old slow left-arm orthodox bowler Lasith Embuldeniya did his best to prevent England's series win. When his maiden 10-wicket match haul did not seem to suffice, he also contributed 40 runs with the bat, but in vain.

Be that as it may, the loop with which the spinner bowls and the sharp turn that he gets even when others do not seem to extract that much out of the surface hold the youngster in good stead.

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