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Anderson clear at top of FTI MVP rankings

England’s first Investec Test win of the summer coincided with a return to form of their two leading batsmen, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, and a first five-wicket return of the summer from their spearhead James Anderson, who has now opened a 61-point lead at the top of the England FTI MVP rankings.

Anderson took 5-53 in India’s first innings at the Ageas Bowl to take his wicket tally to 28 from the five Tests this summer at an average of 22.93.

His economy rate of 2.61 has helped build pressure on the opposition batsmen as has the fact 31.71% of his overs have been maidens. He’s weighed in with the bat, too, of course, with a career-best 81 at Trent Bridge.

Anderson tops the Test FTI MVP rankings and is ranked third in the ODI FTI MVP having taken eight Sri Lankan wickets from the five Royal London one-day internationals with an impressive economy rate of 3.88 runs per over.

And with no charges brought against him by the International Cricket Council following his altercation with Ravi Jadeja at Trent Bridge, Anderson now heads to his home ground of Emirates Old Trafford looking to extend his lead ahead of the Kia Oval Test and one-day series.

James Anderson's five-wicket haul on his 32nd birthday helped England to victory at the Ageas Bowl and improve his FTI MVP rankings lead

Prior to the Ageas Bowl Test, Bell had gone past 50 only twice this summer and Cook had a top score of 29.

Both showed plenty of character as Cook posted scores of 95 and then 70 not out to set up the second-innings declaration, and Bell crafted 167 in England’s first. Cook earned a bonus point as winning captain for good measure.

Bell is up to seventh, Cook tenth but what the statistics do not show is the huge support demonstrated by the Ageas Bowl crowd for England’s resilient captain.

Gary Ballance is up to second following his third hundred in five Tests, a career-best 156 in England’s first innings. Ballance has racked up 603 runs at a strike rate of 52 per 100 balls having chipped in with a couple of 70s in addition to those hundreds.

Perhaps the biggest success story of the Test, though, was Moeen Ali’s 6-67 in India’s second innings. Picked at the beginning of the summer for his all-round talents, he has progressed Test on Test to the extent that India’s much-vaunted batsmen had little answer to his brand of off-breaks.

Moeen has now taken 18 wickets from the five Tests and scored 259 runs including his unbeaten hundred at Headingley against Sri Lanka. That hundred was the only time he has gone past 50 for England in Tests, perhaps a result of him concentrating most of his efforts on his bowling.

OVERALL ENGLAND FTI MVP

PLAYER

   BAT

   BOWL

   FIELD

   CAPT

   WINS

   PLAYED

   POINTS

   AV PTS

Anderson

15.72

174.43

6

0

3

10

199

19.91

Ballance

127.27

-0.40

8

0

3

10

138

13.79

Root

113.33

8.78

9

0

3

11

134

12.19

Moeen Ali

46.52

66.08

2

0

1

5

116

23.12

Jordan

26.52

73.23

6

0

3

9

109

12.08