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by Krish Sripada Monday 15 June 2015
For his stunning knocks of 57, 119 and 110 in the first three One-Day Internationals against England, Ross Taylor is our Cricket World Player of the Week.Having lost the first game in the series convincingly, Taylor's centuries helped New Zealand win the second and third ODIs.If his knock of unbeaten 119 in the second ODI at the Oval helped New Zealand post a mammoth 398 batting first, his scintillating 118 at the Rose Bowl allowed his team to chase 300.There were other exciting performances in the series as well. In the first ODI, Joe Root cracked a 78 ball 104, England’s fourth fastest ODI century. In the same game, Jos Buttler made a 77 ball 129, England’s second fastest ODI century. The two innings helped England post 408, the first time they’ve crossed 400 in ODIs. Adil Rashid’s 50 ball 69 and then 4-55 with the ball for England in the same game turned out to be the best all-round performance this week as Rashid posted a record eighth wicket partnership with Buttler.In the second ODI, apart from Taylor, Kane Williamson scored an 88 ball 93 too as the duo shared a 121-run partnership.
In spite of a valiant 47 ball 88 from England skipper Eoin Morgan, England eventually fell short, thwarted by rain even though they chased really well until the end.The New Zealand pair of Williamson and Taylor extended their domination in the third game as well notching a record breaking 206-run stand after the visitors were reeling at 36 for two at one stage.Jerome Taylor was instrumental picking a six wicket haul against the mighty Australian batting line-up with almost no support from the rest of the West Indian bowling contingent. Taylor was exceptional in the first innings of the second Test at Kingston, Jamaica. He got the wickets of David Warner and Shaun Marsh in his first three overs, without conceding a single run. He later came back to pick the wickets of Adam Voges, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin to give West Indies an opportunity to restrict Australia to a smaller score than what they seemed capable of.In the same game, Steve Smith’s 199 in the first innings when the next highest was Michael Clarke’s 47 and then 54 not out in the second innings, make him an equally tough contender.
Josh Hazlewood’s 5-38 in the first innings to restrict West Indies to 220 was another good performance.
There were some impressive performances in the only Test between India and Bangladesh that was drawn because of a lot of time wasted due to rain.
However, Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, India’s openers managed 173 and 150 respectively with a gigantic opening wicket partnership of 283.
Ravichandran Ashwin managed a five wicket haul causing Bangladesh to follow-on, a moral victory for India, although there was never any chance of a result after nearly two and a half days were lost to rain. That concludes the performances of the week.© Cricket World 2015