Cricket World Player Of The Week - Steve Smith

Steve Smith
Steve Smith scored two half-centuries and a century for Australia in the final three ODIs against South Africa
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Australian all-rounder Steve Smith has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he helped his side beat South Africa 4-1 in their five-match One-Day International series.

Smith was brought into Australia's side following Michael Clarke's hamstring injury and he responded with scores of 73 not out, 104 and 67 in the three matches played this week.

With the series level at 1-1, in the third match, Smith struck 73 not out in 55 balls to help Australia post 329 for five.

He slammed eight fours during his innings which pushed Australia past the 300-run mark and they won the game by 73 runs at the Manuka Oval.

In Melbourne two days later, the home side were struggling at 48 for three and then 98 for five chasing 268 to win.

However, Smith took them to the brink of the win with a counter-attacking 104 in 112 balls and Australia's three-wicket win sealed them the series.

And in the final game in Sydney he added another half-century, overcoming a slow start to make 67 in 74 balls to put his side on course for a two-wicket win.

He was named as the player of the series after hitting 254 runs while he also took a wicket in Sydney.

His team-mates Aaron Finch, Shane Watson and Josh Hazlewood also impressed, as did Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers for the tourists.

In Dubai, Pakistan drew with New Zealand and centuries from Tom Latham, Ross Taylor and Sarfraz Ahmed caught the eye, as did the performances of Yasir Shah (seven wickets) and Zulfiqar Babar (eight wickets).

Bangladesh have continued their winning run against Zimbabwe with the all-round effort of Shakib Al Hasan in the first One-Day International an outstanding performance. He struck 104 and then took four wickets.

In the second ODI, Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal (76) and Anamul Haque (80) produced fine knocks before Arafat Sunny returned four for 30 to put Bangladesh 2-0 up.

India Women dominated the Test match against South Africa, where MD Thirush Kamini and Poonam Raut scored big hundreds and Harmanpreet Kaur took nine wickets in the match.

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