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Cricket World Player of the Week - Jos Buttler

Cricket World Player of the Week - Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler scored 105 and 48 not out in the two ODIs against South Africa.
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For his consistent, impactful and match-winning knocks during the first two One-Day Internationals against South Africa, England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler is the player of the week.

In the first ODI against the Proteas in Bloemfontein, Buttler had the luxury of a perfect platform from the England top order with Jason Roy and Alex Hales scoring 48 and 57 respectively.

Buttler who was promoted to number four shared a 97-run stand with Joe Root for the third wicket as England reached 227 by the 30-over mark.

Buttler's fifty came off just 34 deliveries and he needed just 39 more deliveries to complete his century, while plundering the South African attack with 10 fours and five sixes. England went on to post a massive total of 399 in the 50 overs.

A close contender to Buttler was Quinton de Kock who kept South Africa in the hunt despite chasing a daunting total.

The South African wicket-keeper remained unbeaten on 138 from just 96 deliveries when rain intervened and halted South Africa progress.

The Proteas were 250 for five from 33.3 overs falling short of the D/L target by 40 runs. De Kock's knock which included 12 fours and six maximums fetched him the man of the match award as well.

The second ODI in Port Elizabeth, England's chase of 263 on an uneven pitch was beautifully set by Hales knock of 99 but Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott kept chipping with regular wickets making it tough for the visitors.

Donning into his usual finisher role, Buttler smashed three consecutive boundaries in the 44th over and followed it three consecutive sixes in the 46th over to take England home with ease with his unbeaten 48 knock.

The first ODI between Australia and New Zealand in Auckland saw a total domination from the home side after Martin Guptill's 90 and Henry Nicholl's 61 helped the Black Caps post 307.

The Australian chase was hampered by the New Zealand new ball bowlers, Trent Boult and Matt Henry as they destroyed the batting lineup with each getting three wickets each, thereby securing a massive 159-run victory.

During the second ODI in Wellington contributions from Kane Williamson (60), Mitchell Santner (45) and Adam Milne (36) pushed New Zealand's total to 281.

Despite a 122-run opening stand with David Warner and Usman Khawaja firing, Australia lost six wickets in a span of 75 runs until an unbeaten 86-run stand between Mitchell Marsh (69 not out) and John Hastings (48 not out) took them home and level the series.

There were some special performances in the ICC Women's Championship series between Australia and India as well.

Ellyse Perry can never be kept out of action as she scored 171 runs and picked nine wickets as well in the three-match series which Australia went on to win by 2-1.

Alex Blackwell's 112-ball knock of 114 in Canberra and a 102 from Smriti Mandhana were other notable performances in the series.

A four-wicket haul from Anya Shrubsole was instrumental in England women's victory over South Africa women team despite a valiant 90 from Trisha Chetty going in vain.

The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League got underway on 4th February in Dubai with some of the special talents on display.

The left-arm spinner Mohammad Nawaz from Quetta Gladiators tops the chart for the leading wicket-taker with a total of eight wickets from three games and two of it being rewarded with a man of the match award.

England all-rounder Luke Wright has been in top form as well with scores of 86 not out, 47 and 16 to become the leading run-scorer in the tournament's first week with a tally of 149 while Tamim Iqbal from Peshawar Zalmi managed to score 120 runs from three games.

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