There was so much good cricket all around the globe this past week that I have no idea who our player of the week should be. Seriously. Not a clue. So let's look at our options and then decide, shall we?

The Test in Adelaide gave us a number of notable performances to pick from, and it's not often that a double century is relegated to second place in the memory by a slow-batting debutant.

Michael Clarke scored 230 in the first innings, which was his fourth double ton this year and his second in a row against the Proteas. That's pretty darn incredible. Then, David Warner, Michael Hussey and Graeme Smith all scored centuries of their own in the high-scoring game.

Then, just as Australia looked like they were going to win at a canter, Faf du Plessis came in to score an agonisingly slow yet immensely exciting 110 not out off 376 deliveries to save the game. Add that to his 78 in the first innings, it was a dream debut for the Titans man.

Also in that game, AB de Villiers batted for 220 balls, making just 33 runs, to stick with Faf. Jacques Kallis batted with an injured hamstring, twice, to make 58 and 46 and eat up the overs. Peter Siddle sent down 64 overs and looked like he was going to puke at the end of day five, but he kept steaming in. Insane.

Then, if we shift our attention to Mumbai, a number of contenders crop up to complicate our choice even further. Kevin Pietersen found the form that makes him such a joy to watch, making a thrilling 186. He got the Man of the Match after England won by 10 wickets.

But England would not have won had it not been for their spin twins, Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann, who took 19 of the 20 wickets on offer. Maybe James Anderson should get the gong for being the only England fast bowler to take a wicket in two Tests?

Panesar, amusingly brought into the side as back-up for Swann, was the star of the show, taking 11 wickets in the game. He got rid of Sachin Tendulkar with a ball so beautiful it was replayed every five minutes for the rest of that day.

Then, let's not forget about Cheteshwar Pujara, who made 135 and batted for 1016 minutes against England over two Tests without being dismissed. Until he was. Stumped by Matt Prior off Swann. Alastair Cook played another captain's knock, scoring 122 in a 206-run partnership with KP. Walls.

And ok, West Indies versus Bangladesh isn't exactly on the same level as the aforementioned games, but the Test in Khulna produced some great performances too. Firstly, debutant Abul Hasan, in the side as a bowler, made a century on debut while batting at number 10.

It was the first time that happened since 1902, and he missed the record for a number 10 (117) by four runs. We were cheering in the office and it wasn't even on TV! Thanks to him, the Tigers managed to post a decent first innings score.

It was in vain though, as Marlon Samuels scored his maiden double century, making 260 and becoming only the 13th West Indian to pass 200. Added to that, Darren Bravo got 127 and Shiv Chanderpaul showed his class to make 150 not out.

On the bowling side, Fidel Edwards took six wickets in the first innings, and Shakib Al-Hasan nearly pulled the game back by taking four quick wickets on day four and then scoring 97 to make the Windies work for their series win.

So there we have it. The contenders have been outlined, highlighted, scrutinised. And the award goes to... Test cricket? I can't do it. You choose.

Lindsay du Plessis