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by Krish Sripada Monday 10 August 2015
For a stunning spell that demolished the Australians in less than a session, Stuart Broad is the Cricket World Player of the Week.
Broad, taking on the mantle as the most experienced English bowler in the absence of James Anderson, started the Test match with two big wickets in the very first over, those of Chris Rogers and then Steven Smith.
Broad needed just 57 deliveries, in one long spell, to clean Australia up and pick up eight wickets.
His career best of eight for 15 included five of the top seven Australian batsmen with Mark Wood and Steven Finn getting a wicket each.
It was also the shortest ever first innings of a Test with only two other bowlers having ever taken two wickets in the first over of the match.
There were other contenders from the same game.
Joe Root scored another exciting century, his 130 helping England pile on a lead of 331 after Australia managed just 60 in their first innings.
Mitchell Starc from Australia registered figures of six for 111 in the first innings, their lone ray of sunshine.
In the second innings, Australia were blown away by Ben Stokes who showed he could be the next genuine world class all-rounder with figures of six for 36, destroying Australia with his perfect swing both ways.
Australia suffered a humiliating loss by an innings and 78 runs.
Quite a few impressive performances came from two One-Day Internationals and the Twenty20 International between World Cup runners-up New Zealand and Zimbabwe.
New Zealand came back from a loss to win the final two ODIs and take the series.
In the second ODI, Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe scored an unbeaten century to help his side reach 235, which was knocked off by New Zealand with great ease thanks to unbeaten tons by both openers.
Tom Latham ended on unbeaten 116 while Martin Guptill scored an unbeaten 110 as they reached 236 in the 43rd over.
Kane Williamson missed out on another century when he was dismissed for 90 but helped New Zealand post 273 in the final ODI of the series. Zimbabwe lost the game by 38 runs with Sean Williams top scoring with 63.
The lone T20I between the two teams turned out to be a staid affair.
George Worker on debut scored a 38 ball 62 for New Zealand as they posted 198 in 20 overs. Zimbabwe could never get close to the required rate faltering by 80 runs.
That ends the round-up of the best cricket performances from around the globe this week.
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