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Cricket World Player of the Week - Kusal Perera Sri Lanka

Cricket World Player of the Week - Kusal Perera Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera is this week’s Cricket World Player of the Week.

After a memorable performance helped his team score a thrilling one-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Test in Durban, he has advanced an astonishing 58 places in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings.

The left-handed Perera has reached a career-best 40th position after 15 Tests, scoring 51 and an unbeaten 153 that guided his team to an improbable win, partnering in the highest ever unbroken 10th wicket stand in a winning cause in first-class cricket. He added 78 runs for the last wicket with Vishwa Fernando (six not out) to beat an 83-year record set by the Australians against Madras in February 1936.

Other notable performances include – Chris Gayle’s 135 against England in the first ODI and Jason Roy’s 123 and Joe Root’s 102 in the same match, in which England achieved their highest successful run-chase in ODI cricket - 364-5. England beat the Windies by 5 wickets.

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