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Cricket World Player of the Week - Jonny Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow has been in prolific form for England in 2016.
Jonny Bairstow has been in prolific form for England in 2016.
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Jonny Bairstow is the Cricket World Player of the Week for recording the highest individual score by an England wicket-keeper at home during the first innings of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's.

Bairstow, who went on to score an unbeaten 167, bettered the previous record held by former England wicket-keeper Alec Stewart. However, Stewart still holds the record of the highest individual score by an England wicket-keeper in Tests (173 against New Zealand in Auckland).

This was also Bairstow's third century of the year and he came in to bat when England were in deep trouble at 84 for four.

Bairstow was involved in an 80-run stand with Alastair Cook, a 63-run partnership with Moeen Ali and a massive 144-run stand with Chris Woakes which was also England's highest seventh wicket stand in Tests.

England went on to score 416 in their first innings to which Sri Lanka responded with 288, with only their opening pair of Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva scoring fifties.

The Sri Lankan bowlers Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep stepped-up in the second innings and had England in trouble at 50 for three but Alex Hales with his 94 and Cook with his unbeaten 49 took their team out of trouble and set a target of 362 for Sri Lanka in the final innings.

The first One-Day International between India and Zimbabwe in Harare saw the Indian pace attack, led by Jasprit Bumrah's four-wicket haul, dismiss Zimbabwe for 168.

However, it was Lokesh Rahul who stole the show, scoring his maiden ODI century with a six when India needed two runs to win. Ambati Rayudu supported him with an unbeaten 62.

Last week, we saw a couple of encounters from the tri-series in West Indies involving Australia and South Africa with both teams winning a game each.

The third match of the series in Guyana was a low-scoring affair with South Africa bowled out for 189 despite a valiant 62 from Farhaan Behardien.

In response Australia could manage only 142 with only Aaron Finch (32), Nathan Lyon (30) and Josh Hazlewood (11) crossing the double figures.

In the fourth game of the series in St Kitts, David Warner lit the stage on fire with a breathtaking 109 and along with fifties from Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith, Australia posted 288 in their innings.

South Africa were in control of the chase after being 210 for three in the 38th over with the top-order contributing but Adam Zampa along with Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood triggered the collapse picking the last seven wickets for 42 runs, thereby securing a 36-run victory for Australia.

That concludes the performances of the week. 

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