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Broad takes early MVP lead

England’s Stuart Broad has put down a marker in the England FTI MVP Winter rankings during the first Ashes Test in Australia.

The Nottinghamshire bowler, who won the equivalent award in the summer, was a bright spot in the tourists’ four-day defeat at Brisbane.

His eight wickets for 136, including 6-81 in the first innings, combined with 36 runs and a catch earned him just over 47 points.

Stuart Broad's eight wickets in the Brisbane Test have made him the early leader in the England FTI MVP Winter rankings

The return was over double that of his nearest challenger, Alastair Cook, who picked up 21 points thanks in large part to the third slowest fifty (from 158 balls) of his Test career.

His 65 in England’s second innings score of 179 all out accounted for over 35 per cent of their total.

Chris Tremlett, who finished with match figures of 4-120, and Graeme Swann were the only other England players to record double figures in the rankings as the team succumbed to their second-heaviest reversal at the Gabba.

The FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held across all three formats of the game.

Bowlers receive higher marks for good economy-rates in the FTI MVPs, 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.

Three of the top four places in the early table are occupied by bowlers, reflecting England’s low totals of 136 and 179.

ENGLAND FTI MVP POINTS WINTER 2013/14
 
Player
Batting
Bowling
Field
Capt
Wins
Plyd
Pts
Ave
Stuart Broad
6.17
40.02
1
0
0.0
1
47
47.19
Alastair Cook
18.01
0.00
3
0
0.0
1
21
21.01
Chris Tremlett
2.48
15.82
0
0
0.0
1
18
18.30
Graeme Swann
0.00
8.79
1
0
0.0
1
10
9.79
Michael Carberry
7.29
0.00
2
0
0.0
1
9
9.29
Kevin Pietersen
7.53
0.00
1
0
0.0
1
9
8.53
Ian Bell
5.86
0.00
2
0
0.0
1
8
7.86
James Anderson
0.66
6.05
1
0
0.0
1
8
7.71
Joe Root
4.40
-0.25
0
0
0.0
1
4
4.15
Matt Prior
0.62
0.00
3
0
0.0
1
4
3.62

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