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Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root

Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root
Joe Root scored 254 and unbeaten 71 in the second Test at Old Trafford.
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For registering his highest first-class score during the second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford, England's vice-captain Joe Root is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

After losing Alex Hales early in the innings, Root provided England stability along with skipper Alastair Cook, as the pair added 185 runs for the second wicket. Root scored 254 in an innings which was laced with 27 boundaries. This was also his second double century in Test cricket with his previous best score of 200 coming against Sri Lanka at Lord's in 2014.

During his marathon innings, Root also became the first batsman since 1964 to score a double ton at Old Trafford while also recording the third highest score by an England batsman at number three in the history of the game. Cook himself contributed with a fine 105 which came at a strike-rate of 61.

Chris Woakes' dream run continued at Old Trafford with the Warwickshire all-rounder scored a confident 58 in the first innings after he was sent as a nightwatchman. With the ball, he picked four wickets, playing a pivotal role in dismissing Pakistan for 198 in their first innings.

Root and Cook scored an unbeaten 71 and 76 respectively in the second innings as well.

Root's closest contenders were India's Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli, who were dominant in India's innings victory over West Indies in the first Test in Antigua.

After opting to bat first on winning the toss, Indian captain went on to notch his maiden double hundred adding 105 runs for the third wicket with Shikhar Dhawan and another 168-run stand for the fifth wicket with Ashwin, who brought his third century against West Indies after he was promoted to number six.

Despite, ending wicketless in the first innings, Ashwin proved his expertise with the ball and picked a seven-wicket haul in the second innings as India dismissed West Indies for 231 after enforcing the follow-on.

The top performer in this week's Caribbean Premier League has been St Lucia Zouks skipper Darren Sammy, who led his team to three wins in as many games at their home ground, Darren Sammy National Stadium.

In game 21, Sammy scored a 35-ball 59 and backed it with a two-wicket haul as well as the Zouks defeated St Kitts and Nevis Patriots comfortably by 35 runs.

Sammy's onslaught continued as in game 22, he picked three wickets to restrict Barbados Tridents to 137 for eight in the 20 overs which the Zouks chased down in 16.3 overs with seven wickets in hand.

In the 23rd game.Chris Lynn's 86 and Dwayne Smith's 56 powered Guyana Amazon Warriors to 159 in their innings to which Johnson Charles and Shane Watson responded with an unbeaten 151-run stand to seal an easy nine-wicket victory for the Zouks.

Nicholas Pooran too has been having a fantastic tournament as he smashed a 39-ball 81 against the Zouks in the 18th game and followed it with another fine fifty against the Jamaica Tallawahs in game 20.

Chadwick Walton's 54-ball 97 against Barbados Tridents and Andre Russell's all-round performance against Trinbago Knight Riders where he scored 44 runs and picked four wickets as well for the Tallawahs deserves special mention as well.

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