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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Misbah-Ul-Haq

Misbah-ul-Haq takes the weekly award after a record-breaking performance in Abu Dhabi
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after his record-breaking performance helped set up a Test series win for his side over Australia.

After scoring 101 in 168 balls during Pakistan's first innings of 570 for six declared, Misbah then slammed a quickfire century in the second innings.

He took just 21 balls to get to a half-century - a new Test record - and then 56 to reach three figures, equalling Sir Viv Richards' record.

He finished on 101 not out in 57 balls as Pakistan declared their innings, and they went on to seal a 356-run win to claim a 2-0 series success.

His record-breaking innings included 11 fours and five sixes, helping Pakistan to a score of 293 for four declared and putting them on course for a first series win over Australia for 20 years.

His team-mate Azhar Ali (109 and 100 not out) also scored a brace of centuries in the match and this was just the second instance of two players achieving the feat in a Test.

He, along with Younus Khan, who scored his third consecutive ton in the series in Pakistan's first innings, were among the other contenders for the award.

Taijul Islam's eight for 39, as well as hitting the winning runs, for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in the opening Test was another outstanding performance of note.

And as the India-Sri Lanka series got underway in Cuttack, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane both scored centuries and Ishant Sharma took four wickets to press their claims during India's convincing 169-run win.

However, Misbah's efforts in breaking records and eventually playing a major role in lifting his side to third in the ICC Test rankings, won him the award.

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