Cricket World Player Of The Week - Mark Craig

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New Zealand wrapped up a big victory and Mark Craig played a leading role for them
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Mark Craig has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his all-round efforts helped New Zealand win the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah.

The off-spinner took 10 wickets in the match as well as hitting a half-century as New Zealand won by an innings and 80 runs to ensure the series was tied 1-1.

Craig, who made his debut for New Zealand earlier this year against the West Indies, returned seven for 94 in Pakistan's first innings of 351.

After Brendon McCullum (202) and Kane Williamson (192) had hit centuries in New Zealand's reply, Craig scored 65 in 85 balls to help the Black Caps post 690.

This was Craig's second Test half-century and he fell two short of his previous best of 67.

In Pakistan's second innings, he took three for 109 to help wrap up victory.

Team-mates McCullum and Williamson, as well as Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez, who made 197, were also contenders for this week's award.

As was Moeen Ali, whose century for England against Sri Lanka wasn't quite enough to force a win.

Chloe Tryon, Dane van Niekerk and Marizanne Kapp were among South Africans who produced eye-catching performances during their side's ICC Women's Championship series win over India.

Not to be outdone, Shikha Pandey and Smriti Mandhana also impressed for India.

And Bangladesh have charged into a 4-0 One-Day International series lead against Zimbabwe thanks to brilliant performances from Arafat Sunny, Anamul Haque and Mahmudullah, among others.

However, Craig wins our award for an excellent all-round performance which also earned him the man-of-the-match award in Sharjah.

© Cricket World 2014


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