Cricket World Player of the Week - Pat Cummins
For claiming eight wickets in the fifth and final Ashes Test against England in Sydney and leading Australia to a 4-0 series victory, Australian pace bowler Pat Cummins wins the Cricket World Player of the Week award.
Cummins' closest contender were his team-mates Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh as the duo scored 171 and 156 respectively in the only innings Australia batted. Mitchell Marsh also contributed with a fine 101 run knock while Steven Smith and David Warner also contributed with half-centuries as the home side went on to post 649 for seven before the declaration came.
Cummins set the tone for Australia as he claimed James Vince and Mark Stoneman early in the game and later returned back to end Moeen Ali and Tom Curran's resistance in the first innings and in the final day he was pivotal in England not gaining any momentum with another four-wicket haul while Nathan Lyon also contributed with three wickets.
For England though there was little to celebrate apart from Joe Root's twin fifties while Dawid Malan chipped in with a useful half-century in the first innings as they ended the series with a disappointing result of 4-0.
The third and final Twenty20 International between New Zealand and West Indies at Bay Oval saw Colin Munro became the first batsman to score a third century in the T20Is while Martin Guptill scored a valiant 63. Tim Southee also picked a three-wicket haul as New Zealand went on to win the series 2-0.
Kane Williamson's century in the first One-Day International against Pakistan also deserves a special mention.
It was the pace bowlers, who dominated the proceedings in the first Test between India and South Africa in Cape Town which the hosts won by 72 runs.
Vernon Philander picked a total of nine wickets in the game that includes a six-wicket haul in the final innings while Kagiso Rabada had a total of five scalps. For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the standout bowler with six wickets in the game but Hardik Pandya enjoyed a brilliant game that saw him score 93 runs in the first innings and also picked three wickets.
AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis played vital knocks in the first innings with 65 and 62 respectively that proved decisive in the result.
There were some special performances in the Big Bash League as well.
D'Arcy Short scored 97 and 96 for Hobart Hurricanes against Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers respectively while Michael Klinger and Jos Buttler scored 83 and 81 respectively in the 13th and 14th games. Brendan Doggett also impressed with a five-wicket haul for Brisbane Heat against Perth Scorchers in the 18th game.
That concludes the performances of the week.
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