Welcome to the cricket highlights of the week. Without further ado, let the action begin
Another hundred for Smith
Australia captain Steve Smith rounded off 2017 with his 23rd Test century. Smith’s hundred came on the final day of the fourth Ashes Test against England and helped end the match as a draw.
Warner chips in too
Australia opener David Warner also had an impact on the fifth day in Melbourne as he batted brilliantly with Smith before falling to England captain Joe Root for 86.
Buttler puts on a show
Jos Buttler smashed a sensational 67 to lead the Sydney Thunder to a 57-run win over the Hobart Hurricanes. What’s more it that he was named Man of the Match.
Bailey leaps to claim a screamer
Hobart Hurricanes captain George Bailey took a jaw-dropping catch at extra cover to remove Thunder opener Kurtis Patterson. You may need to watch the video a few times to believe what you you’re seeing!
Munro’s fiery fifty
Short silences the Thunder
Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy led his side to victory over the Sydney Thunder with his exceptional knock of 97.
Buttler nearly gets the job done
After Short’s magnificent innings, Thunder opener Jos Buttler tried to get his team over the finish line, but his innings of 81 went in vain.
Brathwaite takes a stunner
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite led by example in the field with his jaw-dropping grab!
That’s the way to save runs
Dan Christian pulled out all the stops to deny Sydney Thunder captain Shane Watson a certain six.
Klinger keeps Scorchers unbeaten
Perth Scorchers opener Michael Klinger provided some fireworks on New Year’s Day as he smashed a superb 83 to lead his side to victory over the Sydney Sixers. What’s more is that his side maintained their unbeaten streak.
Maxwell lifts the Stars
Glenn Maxwell injected some life into the Melbourne Stars’ innings when they took on the Brisbane Heat, but it was not enough to lead his side to victory.
Lynn makes Stars feel the heat
Brisbane Heat opener Chris Lynn went on a rampage after Maxwell scored his fifty as he smoked seven boundaries and three sixes during his unbeaten knock of 63.
McCullum joins the party
Lynn’s opening partner Brendon McCullum also got in on the fun as he hammered a 30-ball 61.
A world record for Munro
New Zealand batsman Colin Munro broke the record for the most hundreds scored in Twenty20 Internationals after he walloped a brilliant 104 against the West Indies.
Nice one Finch!
Melbourne Renegades skipper Aaron Finch had to use all his skills to hold on to an extremely difficult catch to dismiss Sydney Sixers opener Jason Roy.
Finch guides the Renegades to victory
Following his amazing catch, Finch struck a fabulous 51 as his side took down the Sydney Sixers by eight wickets.
Roy oh boy!
Roy got his revenge on Finch as he ran the Renegades captain out for 51 in spectacular fashion.
Root to the rescue
England captain Joe Root had to rescue his side on the first day of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney. Despite failing to get to the triple figure mark, Root helped his side recover after losing James Vince and Alastair Cook in quick succession.
Malan chips in too
Like Root, Dawid Malan also passed the 50-run mark on the opening day in Sydney.
Short stays red-hot
Hobart Hurricanes opener D’Arcy Short followed up his knock of 97 with a marvellous 96 against the Adelaide Strikers. He ended up being named Man of the Match as his side prevailed by seven runs.
Ingram puts up a valiant fight
Colin Ingram did everything in his power to lead the Strikers to victory, but his efforts weren’t enough as they fell short of their target.
Now that’s teamwork!
Jofra Archer and D’Arcy Short worked together to complete an eye-popping catch on the boundary.
Smith clings on to a one-handed screamer
Australia captain Steve Smith latched on to an absolute corker of a catch to send Dawid Malan packing on the second day of the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney.
Warner rescues Australia
Australia opener David Warner came to the rescue with his knock of 56 after the Baggy Greens lost Cameron Bancroft on the eighth ball of their first innings.
Yasir Shah attempted to throw the ball to Brisbane Heat captain Brendon McCullum, but it didn’t work out so well as McCullum took a blow to the back of the head!
Brendan Doggett took a five-wicket haul to help the Brisbane Heat end the Perth Scorchers’ unbeaten streak in the BBL.
De Villiers and Du Plessis revive South Africa
AB de Villiers and captain Faf du Plessis rescued South Africa on the first day in Cape Town as they scored 65 and 62 respectively after their side were reduced to 12/3.
Bumrah gets his first wicket in Test cricket
Jasprit Bumrah marked his Test debut with the huge wicket of South Africa batsman AB de Villiers, who was clean bowled for 65.
Steyn gets a wicket on his comeback
South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn made his presence felt on his comeback to Test cricket as he dismissed India opener Shikhar Dhawan.