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Bowlers dominate MVP list

Seven of the top-10 performing players in the first Investec Ashes Test last week were bowlers, according to data from the FTI Most Valuable Player rankings.

Unsurprisingly, England hero James Anderson led the way - accumulating 45.87 points after taking five wickets in both innings.

Yet despite victory for the hosts, it was Peter Siddle and debutant Ashton Agar who put in the next-best displays over the five days at Trent Bridge.

In Agar's case, it was his 98 in the first innings which earned him most points and put him above Ian Bell, whose century was deemed slightly less valuable in the context of his team's score.

Bell chipped in with 24.47 points to stay just ahead of Stuart Broad, who made an almost identical contribution with bat and ball.

Performances by England and Australia players throughout the series are being compared for the first time on English soil using the rankings. Ahead of the second Investec Test at Lord's, both teams have five players in the top 10.

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% 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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