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Anderson earns MVP award

James Anderson has held off stiff competition to win the coveted title of England FTI Most Valuable Player for the first time.

Anderson collected 241 ranking points despite playing less games than all but one of those who finished in the top 10.

His three-point margin of victory from fellow bowler Stuart Broad was the narrowest since the competition's inception in 2007.

In total, Anderson took 47 wickets across seven Test matches and seven one-day internationals, including three five-wicket hauls. He also contributed 76 runs with the bat, held eight catches, and effected one run-out.

Of his scalps, 27 came against top-six batsmen, two less than Broad claimed from his 44 dismissals.

Broad also earned 22 more batting points but it was Anderson's superior economy rates that kept him ahead of his Nottinghamshire rival.

His 31 Test wickets came at a cost of just 3.01 runs per over, compared to Broad's 3.26, while the 16 he took in limited-overs matches came at 4.41 per over, in contrast to Broad's 5.78.

The England FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held across all three formats of the game.

Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates in the FTI MVPs, bowling maidens and dismissing the top order, while batsmen are rewarded for high run-rates and the percentage of the team's runs they hit.

Richard Sunderland, Managing Director, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting, said: “James Anderson has done a magnificent job leading the England bowling attack this Ashes summer, and it is pleasing that the statistics back-up what we have all seen with the naked eye.

"He has consistently proved what a top-class bowler he now is and I look forward to him repeating the success down under in the Ashes return.”

Anderson, whose previous best in the competition was third over the winter of 2008-09, picks up a cheque for £2,500.

Ravi Bopara walked off with the ODI FTI MVP after scoring 317 runs and taking 10 wickets. In the T20 FTI MVP Alex Hales narrowly beat Jade Dernbach to the title after scoring 141 runs at a strike-rate of 142 and earning 34.29 points to Dernbach's 33.81.

Anderson is now third in the all-time accumulative point table dating back to the competition's start in 2007. He is less than a point behind Swann in second but over 100 behind the leader Broad.