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FTI MVP winner Anderson may hold key Down Under

James Anderson will be hoping to pick up where he left off this summer by retaining the England FTI Most Valuable Player Award.

The Lancashire seamer took the title by just three points from fellow fast bowler Stuart Broad in September after capturing 47 wickets in seven Test matches and seven one-day internationals.

During the Investec Ashes, Anderson took just four wickets less than Graeme Swann, for whom England's slow, low pitches were tailored.

But with extra bounce on their Australian equivalents this winter Anderson is expected to come into his own alongside England's battery of tall quicks.

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

James Anderson, here celebrating one of his Investec Ashes wickets, could be key to success Down Under for the tourists

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.

Comparative data between England and Australia over the summer Tests revealed that bowlers held the upper hand. Of the top five performers on either side, four were bowlers, with only Ian Bell in fourth place bucking the trend.

With 24 wickets, including two five wicket hauls, at an economy rate of 2.90, Ryan Harris was the highest-placed Australian in the table in second place.

His contribution netted him 136 FTI MVP points, 10 behind Swann and just over eight more than Broad, and his average of 34 points per match was the highest of any player in the series.

Despite a number of low scores, Shane Watson was next in sixth after hitting 418 runs, including 176 at the Kia Oval, or the equivalent of just over 15 per cent of his team's total runs.

PCA assistant chief executive Jason Ratcliffe said: "The Ashes FTI MVP comparison during this summer clearly demonstrated the dominance England achieved over Australia.

"Entering its seventh cycle, the overall Test match FTI MVP form book reveals a clear pattern and, barring injury, you'd expect to see Anderson, Swann, Broad, and Cook being the pivotal figures again during this series."

The performance of the respective captains is bound to come under the spotlight over the next two months and Clarke and Cook will be looking to improve on their respective 10th and 17th place finishes.

Cook led from the front last time England toured Down Under, hitting three large centuries against Australia to add to the two he notched against New Zealand in chalking up 102 FTI MVP points.

England had four players who scored over 100 points in this summer's five Tests (Swann, Broad, Bell, and Anderson), while Australia had only one (Harris).

Anderson is top of the all-time cumulative FTI MVP points table in Test matches dating back to the competition's start in 2007. He has over 60 points more than Swann in second and 180 more than Broad in third.

ENGLAND FTI MVP POINTS SUMMER 2013 (all competitions)

 

Player

Batting

Bowling

Field

Capt

Wins

Plyd

Pts

Ave

James Anderson

13.39

211.33

8

0

8.0

14

241

17.19

Stuart Broad

35.91

188.31

3

1

10.0

15

238

15.88

Joe Root

186.94

25.72

11

0

11.0

21

235

11.17

Graeme Swann

31.83

172.68

7

0

5.0

10

217

21.65

Jonathan Trott

163.61

1.47

13

0

10.0

18

188

10.45

Ian Bell

153.52

0.00

8

0

9.0

15

171

11.37

Alastair Cook

125.35

0.00

14

9

9.0

15

157

10.49

Ravi Bopara

84.32

34.05

3

0

7.0

15

128

8.56

Jos Buttler

63.56

0.00

40

0

7.0

17

111

6.50

Eoin Morgan

86.82

0.00

10

2

7.0

16

106

6.61

 

 

ASHES FTI MVP POINTS SUMMER 2013

 

Player

Batting

Bowling

Field

Capt

Wins

Plyd

Pts

Ave

Graeme Swann

25.33

112.81

5

0

3

5

146.14

29.29

Ryan Harris

19.65

114.35

2

0

0

4

136.00

34

Stuart Broad

26.29

97.33

1

0

3

5

127.62

25.52

Ian Bell

98.80

0.00

2

0

3

5

103.80

20.76

James Anderson

4.84

88.93

4

0

3

5

100.77

20.15

Shane Watson

73.31

20.89

4

0

0

5

98.20

19.64

Joe Root

65.92

16.59

2

0

3

5

87.51

17.50

Peter Siddle

11.44

73.12

0

0

0

5

84.56

16.91

Kevin Pietersen

73.30

0.00

5

0

3

5

81.30

16.26

Michael Clarke

70.84

-0.40

6

0

0

5

76.44

15.29

 

 

TOTAL ENGLAND FTI MVP TEST POINTS SINCE INCEPTION

 

Name

Test Match FTI MVP Points

James Anderson

1420.59

Graeme Swann

1354.35

Stuart Broad

1260.73

Alastair Cook

1210.65

Kevin Pietersen

1086.87

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