Broken records, a ridiculously harsh run-out and an ambidextrous bowler – this week’s seen it all. And it’s been a great week for limited overs batsmen, with plenty of tons and noteworthy scores.
Here’s the batting headlines from a week in the world of cricket – and the stunning cricket bats used by the men of the moment.
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James Taylor scored 116 from the same amount of deliveries against South Africa A in a one-day warm-up match on Saturday. He’s not just a phenomenal short-leg fielder – he can hold a bat as well! The diminutive batsman uses the Gray-Nicolls Powerbow 5 Cricket Bat, which, along with the Supernova, represents the next generation of Gray-Nicolls cricket bats.
Virat Kohli was the highest run-getter in the T20 International series in Australia that India swept 3-0 on Sunday, tallying 199 runs in three matches with a half-century in each game. It’s also the second-highest total by a batsman between dismissals in T20Is. India’s main man is also the first batsman to score more than two fifty-plus scores in a bilateral T20I series.
WATTO’S WILLOW WAND
Shane Watson struck six sixes in his 124 not out off 71 balls – the highest individual score by a captain in T20 Internationals – as Australia made 197-5 on Sunday, only for India to chase down the total in dramatic fashion by hitting 19 off the final over. Watto’s innings was the second-highest score in T20 internationals after fellow countryman Aaron Finch’s 156. He was also the first to score a hundred against India in a T20I.
FINCH KNOWS THE “ROOT” TO SUCCESS
On Monday, it was announced that hard-hitting opening batsman Aaron Finch will feature for Surrey CCC this year as cover for Caribbean Premier League-bound Kumar Sangakarra. Finch uses the New Balance TC 1260 Cricket Bat – the same as England star Joe Root.
On Wednesday, Jos Buttler scored 105 in 76 balls. The quicker England get Buttler into the thick of the action, the better, it seems. Buttler was again promoted to bat at No. 4 in Bloemfontein and having scored back-to-back tons in the position he now averages 115.00 at a strike rate of 172.93 there. Not too shabby.
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BRENDON’S INTERNATIONAL SWANSONG
This month will be last month of Brendon McCullum’s international career; he’s retiring his black cap after the home series against Australia. Don’t worry, he’s not bowing out entirely. He’ll be strutting his stuff on the global T20 circuit.
I wonder what the next week in world cricket has in-store for us.
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