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Cricket World Player Of The Week - Younus Khan

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Younus Khan struck two centuries against Australia as Pakistan wno the won the opening Test by 221 runs
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After scoring two centuries in Pakistan's 221-run win over Australia in the first Test in Dubai, Younus Khan has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week.

To say Pakistan's build-up to the Test match was less than ideal would be something of an understatement so the whole team and management deserve credit for an excellent all-round performance.

And while Sarfraz Ahmed's 80-ball century, 131 from Ahmed Shehzad, and fine bowling from Zulfiqar Babar and Yasir Shah were vitally important, Younus' double wins our vote.

They were two different innings, the first helping his side recover from a poor start and the second setting up a declaration.

106 in 223 balls on the opening day set Pakistan on course to score 454 and on day four, he raced to three figures to end unbeaten on 103 in 152 balls.

Prior to this game, Younus had never scored a century against Australia and his brace in the game took him past Inzamam-ul-Haq's previous national record of 25 centuries for Pakistan.

It was a dominant performance and who can blame him for now backing his chances of getting into Pakistan's World Cup squad?

Elsewhere, the first two days of the first Test between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe produced some outstanding performances, including Shakib Al Hasan marking his return to the game with a six-wicket haul.

Half-centuries from Mahmudullah, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim put Bangladesh on course for victory, although Taijul Islam's heroics won't be considered for the award until next week.

In New Zealand, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Luke Ronchi were impressive with the bat during South Africa's 2-0 One-Day International series win while Dane van Niekerk's strong performances in the Twenty20 International series in Sri Lanka must also be recognised.

And not forgetting David Warner, whose 133 for Australia in Dubai would in other circumstances have been enough to set up a win.

But it was not to be, and Younus wins our award for the fourth time in his career.

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