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by Krish Sripada Monday 24 August 2015
For turning in a fine and disciplined performance in his very first Test on the 2015 Ashes tour and helping Australia end on a high, Peter Siddle is our Cricket World Player of the Week.
It has been a week of hefty performances from around the world.
However, getting just one chance in a dead rubber game and showing Australia he should have been playing right from the start, Siddle delivered where the rest of the Australian bowlers failed right through, in maintaining a tight leash on the batsmen.
In a match that Australia won by an innings and 46 runs, Siddle registered figures of 2-32 in the first innings taking wickets of Adam Lyth and Ian Bell. In fact, he picked Lyth’s wicket in his second ball of the comeback game.
Siddle then went on to get better with figures of 24.4-12-35-4 in the second innings, giving away just 14 runs in 15 overs at one point.
In the same game, another close contender for Player of the Week was Steven Smith, who scored 143 to take Australia to 481, which proved to be more than enough to win the Test.
David Warner and Alastair Cook, both played gritty knocks, scoring 85 each in the first and second innings respectively, Cook’s coming in a losing cause.
There were some wonderful performances in the India-Sri Lanka second Test which India won by 278 runs.
Lokesh Rahul scored a first innings’, man of the match winning century for India while Ajinkya Rahane top-scored in the Test with 126 in the second innings.
For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews scored 102 to ensure they didn’t fall back too far behind after the first innings. Mathews also picked couple of important wickets in the first innings.
Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers with a five-wicket haul in the second innings.
Rangana Herath and Amit Mishra picked four wicket hauls in the first innings for their respective teams while Tharindu Kaushal and Dhammika Prasad picked four wicket hauls when India was batting the second time around.
The South Africa New Zealand One-Day International series is nicely poised at 1-1 with some impressive performances from both teams.
In the first ODI, South Africa posted 304 thanks to Hashim Amla’s 126 ball 124 complemented well by Rilee Rossouw who scored 89, with the home team, South Africa, winning by 20 runs.
In the second ODI, which New Zealand won by eight wickets, Tom Latham scored his second consecutive half-century during the chase, but it was man of the match, Martin Guptill who saw New Zealand chase 204 down with an unbeaten 103.
Earlier, Farhaan Behardien scored 70 for South Africa to help them to 204 giving their bowlers a fighting chance.
Doug Bracewell making a comeback for New Zealand after a long time was the unsung hero with figures of 3-31 wrecking South Africa.
Last but not the least, Elyse Villani turned in a fine 53 ball 80 for Australian Women who posted 186 and won the third Twenty20 International against Ireland Women by 99 runs.
Australia won the series 3-0 with Grace Harris winning the Player of the Series with figures of 2-15, 0-20 and 1-13 in the three games with the ball along with a 21 ball 39 in the final game.
That rounds up the best performances of the week in cricket from around the world.
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