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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Kane Williamson

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week
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Kane Williamson has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after helping New Zealand beat Pakistan in their One-Day International series in the United Arab Emirates.

In what was for many the final working week of the year, there was little rest for international cricketers and a number of performances stood out.

In the second Test between Australia and India in Brisbane, Steve Smith led from the front in his first Test as captain, scoring a century in the first innings.

That followed Murali Vijay's 144, Ajinkya Rahane's 82 and Josh Hazlewood's five-wicket haul on debut.

Mitchell Johnson added a quickfire 88 in 93 balls and then routed India by taking four for 61 as India were bowled out for 224, Chris Rogers making 55 as Australia chased down their target.

In South Africa, Hashim Amla celebrated his first Test on home soil as captain by hitting a double-century while AB de Villiers and Stiaan van Zyl - also on debut - both passed three figures.

Then, Vernon Philander in the first innings with four wickets and Dale Steyn in the second with six, bowled South Africa to an innings win.

In the United Arab Emirates, a closely-fought One-Day International series between New Zealand and Pakistan ended with the former winning 3-2.

Kane Williamson's brilliant century in the fourth match helped set up a seven-run win with Daniel Vettori also taking three wickets.

Despite Younus Khan also making three figures and Shahid Afridi blasting a quickfire 49, Pakistan fell short.

In the fifth ODI, Williamson starred again, hitting 97 and Ross Taylor hit 88 to help set up a 68-run win with Matt Henry taking five for 30.

And earlier in the week, Sri Lanka ended their series against England with a comfortable 87-run win in Colombo.

Tillakaratne Dishan played the starring role with 101 and three wickets while Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera and Joe Root also passed 50.

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