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Bopara best for England in final

Ravi Bopara's all-round performance in the Champions Trophy final earned him more FTI Most Valuable Player points than any of his England team-mates in the showpiece.

The Essex star took 3-20 off four overs and pouched a catch, before a quick-fire 30 runs off 25 balls earned him 22.42 points.

Strike bowler James Anderson remains top of the rankings after posting another four points in the final, and now has a 21-point lead over Jonathan Trott.

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen sent out a message of intent to England's remaining opponents this summer with an unbeaten 177 for his county side at Headingley.

The Surrey star helped himself to 42.48 MVP points after hitting just over half of his team's total of 353 ahead of his return to international action in the second Natwest International T20 against New Zealand.

Luke Wright was the best performing T20 specialist for England over the winter, hitting 274 runs, taking seven wickets at 7.68, and totalling 104.29 points in 10 matches.

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.

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