There are three Test series going on currently and another starts soon. So over the next few weeks it will be Test performances that will be the focus of attention all over the cricketing world, and those will also decide who the week's accolade goes to.
Already at the time of writing it is clear that batsmen will be the front runners, what with 11 centuries being scored in the last week itself and two Tests are still in progress even as this is being written, so there could well be some more by the time those Tests end too. While the India-England series is being hyped up in the media in both countries, the one that is going to be a real tight and close series is the one between Australia and South Africa.
Under Michael Clarke's leadership Australia are taking rapid strides towards regaining their number one position in the world. He himself has been in tremendous form and with the year still to end, he has three scores of over 200 and has shown that the responsibilities of captaining Australia, sit lightly on his shoulders.
It was his double ton and his partnerships with Ed Cowan and Mike Hussey that ensured that Australia went past South Africa’s total of 450 and then asked some awkward questions of the Proteas batsmen in the second innings.
Unfortunately, with one whole day washed out what would have been a real nail-biter of a series opener ended in a tame draw, but not before the bowlers of both teams realized that they could have some long hours on the field unless they improve on their efforts.
While Clarke and Hussey have got Test hundreds before it was Ed Cowan’s first Test century and he was really chuffed about being part of the Test centurions club. The old reliable 'Mr. Cricket' got exactly a hundred and showed that there is plenty of cricket left in him.
Jacques Kallis also has loads of cricket left as he got his 44th Test century and in the second innings too looked good till he fell short of a half century. He is going to be a key player as always for South Africa in the series not just with the bat, but also with the ball and his slip catching is as reliable as ever.
Hashim Amla was to be targeted verbally by the Australians according to a leaked dossier and how sad is that when instead of looking to find loopholes in his technique the aim is to get him rattled with words. He is the most serene of batsmen and nothing disturbs him. The manner in which he acknowledges a landmark should be an example to the other brashers, who go into a frenzy of gestures and hand movements that do them no good physically.
It is the Australian captain, Michael Clarke, who with his double hundred who is the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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