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by Sandeep Shivam Monday 23 November 2015
Jos Buttler is the Cricket World Player of the Week for his scintillating knock of 116 not out in 52 deliveries in the fourth One-Day International against Pakistan in Dubai and taking England to a 3-1 series victory.
Buttler entered the ODI series after a poor run of form in the Ashes and the Test series against Pakistan and managed only 12 runs in the first two games of ODI series as well.
But the next two ODIs changed his fortunes completely as he ended up scoring 155 runs without being dismissed.
In the fourth ODI, England had a perfect platform set for the swashbuckling wicket-keeper batsman, scoring 227 for four in 40 overs, courtesy of a maiden century from Jason Roy and a quick half-century from Joe Root.
However, it was Buttler's blitz which took the game away from Pakistan as he raced to his half-century in 30 deliveries and needed just 16 more balls to reach the three-figure mark to become the fastest century scorer for England in ODIs.
His knock, which included 10 fours and eight sixes, came at a strike rate of 223, which is the highest for any England batsman with a score of more than 50 in the 50-over format.
England went on to score 355 for five in their 50 overs. Even though Pakistan scored at a brisk rate during the chase, they were losing wickets regularly, losing the game by 84 runs and with it the series.
In the third ODI between England and Pakistan, Chris Woakes dented the Pakistan line-up with a four-wicket haul, restricting them to just 208.
England were reeling at 93 for four at one stage during the chase, but an unbeaten 106-run stand between Buttler and James Taylor for the fifth wicket ensured a six-wicket win.
Taylor scored an unbeaten 67 while Buttler was not out on 49.
The last two days of the second Test between Australia and New Zealand at The WACA, which was also Mitchell Johnson’s farewell game, featured some special performances as well.
Ross Taylor scored a mammoth 290 for New Zealand in the first innings as the Black Caps scored 624 in response to Australia's 559.
Taylor was assisted by the ever reliable Kane Williamson, who ended up with 166. The pair added 265 runs for the third wicket keeping Australian bowlers at bay.
After conceding a 65-run lead to New Zealand in the first innings, Australia were under a lot of pressure at 46 for two losing both their openers early.
But centuries from Steve Smith and Adam Voges ensured Australia's 1-0 series lead remained intact as they piled up 385 in the second innings, setting a daunting target of 321 for New Zealand in the fourth innings.
In the final innings, Johnson showed glimpses of his pace, getting rid of New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Tom Latham, bouncing them out.
The second Test between India and South Africa in Bangalore was hampered by rain with four days washed out without a ball being bowled. The series is 1-0 in favour of India with two more games left.
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