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Broad leads England MVP

Stuart Broad is the early leader in the race for the England FTI Most Valuable Player after his 7-44 inspired a 170-run win over New Zealand at Lord's in the first Investec Test.

The Nottinghamshire bowler produced Test-best figures to skittle the visitors out for 68 on the fourth day, helping himself to 40.42 MVP points along the way.

The performance combined with the 5.09 points he earned in the first innings took his match total to 45.51 - less than a point more than strike partner James Anderson.

Anderson had been in front following New Zealand's first innings, after his 5-47 gave him 30.90 bowling points, and he was able to keep the pressure on Broad by taking two more in the second.

He and Broad are over 20 points clear of the first batsman on the list, Joe Root, whose 111 runs in the low-scoring match produced 24.67 points.

The competition 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 FTI MVP was won by Steve Finn, whose performances across all formats of the game were enough to see off the likes of Matt Prior and skipper Alastair Cook.

The latest rankings are here: http://www.ecb.co.uk/stats/mvps/latest