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Anderson extends MVP lead

Final-day hero James Anderson has powered ahead in the England FTI Most Valuable Player rankings after bowling the hosts to a 1-0 lead in the Ashes.

Despite suffering cramp, Anderson claimed 5-73 in the second innings of the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge - including the crucial scalp of wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin.

His return, added to a first-innings haul of 5-85, earned him 45.87 points in the rankings, the highest on either side, and extended his lead to 57 points over second-placed Jonathan Trott.

England centurion Ian Bell was the hosts’ second-highest scorer in the match, with 24.47 MVP points, closely followed by Stuart Broad with 23.64 on his home ground.

The closeness of the contest, won by England by just 14 runs, was reflected in the scores of Australia's players - compared here with their counterparts on English soil for the first time.

Peter Siddle, who took 8-135 in the game, earned 35.60 points, while debutant Ashton Agar scored 32.60 thanks to his rearguard action in the first innings and two wickets in the second.

Broad has now overtaken Joe Root in the overall England table, with his Nottinghamshire colleague Graeme Swann is up to seventh.

The FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held. Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and dismissing the top order. Batsmen are rewarded for high run-rates and the percentage of the team's runs they hit.

There are now more points across all formats for those notching 40 and 50 per cent of a team's total, for top-order batsmen, in recognition of their greater challenge against the new ball, and for those who hit big hundreds.