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Brilliant Anderson tops MVP standings

James Anderson stormed the Test FTI MVP and now seems certain to be crowned England's Most Valuable Player for successive summers.

The Lancastrian was named man of the series against India, whose top-order batsmen he dominated throughout the five matches.

He took 25 wickets, taking his tally for the Test summer to 37 at an average of 20.89 and now needs only four to overtake Sir Ian Botham as England’s most prolific Test bowler.

Anderson also chipped in with 121 runs, including a career-best 81 at Trent Bridge. He now has a 70-point lead in the overall FTI MVP race over Joe Root with just the five one-dayers to come.

Stuart Broad finished second in the Test FTI MVP with 26 wickets, including 6-25 against India at Emirates Old Trafford.

He remains the highest England points-scorer since the MVP Rankings began back in 2007, with 2,748 points across the three formats, 160 ahead of Anderson.

Broad is ranked top of the all-time T20 and one-day international standings and is second behind Anderson in the Test table. He is third in this year’s overall campaign.

Root has enjoyed the most productive summer of his burgeoning Test career with 777 runs at an average of 97.13.

He scored three magnificent unbeaten centuries (200 against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, 154 in the first India Test at Trent Bridge and 149 at the Kia Oval).

Root also hit three fifties and his overall strike-rate was 58 compared to the 33 during the winter’s Ashes series.

Root has contributed 18.85% of England’s Test runs this summer and is up to third in the Test FTI MVP and second overall.

England’s selectors will be most delighted with the performances of their junior Test players, especially Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance – who occupy fourth and fifth in the Test FTI MVP.

The FTI MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held - and, how well they do it.

Test FTI MVP

PLAYER

BAT

BOWL

FIELD

CAPT

WINS

PLAYED

POINTS

AV PTS

Anderson

14.85

176.69

3

0

3

7

198

28.22

Broad

31.65

117.98

2

0

3

7

155

22.09

Root

136.76

6.47

8

0

3

7

154

22.03

Mooen

49.86

81.98

6

0

3

7

141

20.12

Ballance

123.24

-0.40

7

0

3

7

133

18.98

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