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Cricket World Player of the Week - Steven Smith

Steven Smith consolidated his position at the top of ICC rankings with his performances in Brisbane
Steven Smith consolidated his position at the top of ICC rankings with his performances in Brisbane
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For scoring a century and a fifty in the two innings and leading Australia to a 39-run win in the first Test against Pakistan in Brisbane, Steven Smith is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

After coming to bat at 75 for two in the first innings, Smith shared a 76-run stand with Matt Renshaw, who himself scored 75 runs and another 172-run stand with Peter Handscomb to lay the platform for Australia's first innings total of 429 runs.

Smith's innings of 130 had 19 boundaries involved it and he played a contradicting knock in the second innings when Australia were looking for quick runs.

The World number one ranked Test batsman notched 63 runs from 70 deliveries as he along with 74 from Usman Khawaja helped Australia post 202 runs from 39 overs to set a target of 490 runs for Pakistan in the final innings.

Australian bowlers too enjoyed great success with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Jackson Bird picked three wickets apiece to bowl out Pakistan for 142 in their first innings but they were stretched by a brilliant century from Asad Shafiq, who took the game close for the visitors with support from Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.

The first three days of the fifth Test between England and India in Chennai saw the batsmen dominating.

A 146 from Moeen Ali and fifties from Joe Root, Liam Dawson and Adil Rashid helped England post 477 in their first innings.

In response, Lokesh Rahul slammed a magnificent 199 while Parthiv Patel too contributed with 71 as India were 391 for four at stumps on day three. Karun Nair (remained unbeaten on 71 at the end of Sunday) went on to complete a triple century which puts him in contention for next week's award.

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