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'player of the series/"
After Australia wrapped up the home series against India, taking 4 wickets in an hour on the 5th day at Adelaide, two other venues added an avalanche of wickets on the same day. In the United Arab Emerites at Abu Dhabi, 16 wickets fell as first Pakistan and then England were dismissed in the second innings, with the English managing only 72. New Zealand and Zimbabwe take the prize for the most dismissals with their extraordinary day at Napier. After the Kiwis lost 2 wickets before declaring at 7 for 495, Zimbabwe were rolled twice in the remainder of the day for 51 and 143, meaning 22 wickets had fallen for the day.
That's 42 Test wickets in one day.
Bowlers were further shined on when Peter Siddle was named man of the match for the Adelaide Test after taking 5-49 and 1-47. Apparently Ponting's 221 and 60 not out wasn't good enough. In New Zealand, Chris Martin got the nod for his second innings 6-26, leaving Ross Taylor 122 retired hurt and BJ Watling 102 not out wondering what more was needed. Only in Abu Dhabi did it seem fitting that Abdur Rehman should get the gong for routing England.
In the player of the series award for the Australia v India series, it would seem fitting that Michael Clarke was the award winner. His captaincy was brilliant and how many times does a man, whose name isn't Bradman, score a triple and double century in the same series but spare a thought for Ricky Ponting. His series breakdown was 62, 60, 134, 7, 221, 60x. Clarke's, by comparison was 31, 1, 329x, 18. 210, 37. It might have been splitting hairs but I think I might have leaned the old man's way.