James Anderson is the man his England colleagues have to beat if they are to finish top of the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings this summer.
The Lancashire pace bowler is currently 20 points clear of his nearest challenger on the eve of the Investec Ashes series, having collected 140 points.
His haul to date includes nine Test wickets versus New Zealand and 16 in one-day internationals against the Black Caps and England’s Champions Trophy opponents.
Jonathan Trott in second place has hit 199 runs in four Test innings and 412 in ODI cricket, including one century and two half-centuries.
He is 10 points ahead of Joe Root, who hit his maiden Test century at Headingley in May and has now been promoted to open with captain Alastair Cook.
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, while 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.
The winter award was won by Steven Finn, while last summer saw Ian Bell emerge victorious. Eight of the top 10 in the rankings have been named in England’s squad for the Ashes, which begins at Trent Bridge tomorrow.