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Bowlers battle for MVP glory

The race for the FTI Most Valuable player award is shaping up to be a straight fight between England's leading bowlers following the conclusion of the Investec Ashes Series.

With the T20 and one-day internationals still to come, James Anderson remains top of the rankings - as he has been for most of the summer.

However, he will face stiff competition from fellow strike bowler Stuart Broad, who will captain the T20 side sitting just 14 points behind his team-mate.

With 217 points to his name, Graeme Swann is a further 10 points back and the only other player to have broken the 200 mark thus far.

Anderson picked up 23.24 points for his five wickets at the Kia Oval; Broad was just behind with 22.90 for his five and Swann claimed 19.85 with three wickets and 34 runs.

The England FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held across all three formats of the game, and started this summer with the Investec Test Series against New Zealand.

Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy rates, bowling maidens and dismissing the top order, while batsmen are rewarded for high run rates and scoring a greater percentage of the team’s runs.

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.

With 198 points to his name, England's leading first-innings run-scorer in the fifth Test, Joe Root, is fourth in the rankings.

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