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Impressive Jordan tops England MVP

Chris Jordan has consolidated his position at the top of the England FTI MVP rankings after a solid start to his Test career at Lord's against Sri Lanka.

The Sussex bowling all-rounder had leapt to the top of the overall FTI MVP after scoring 74 runs and taking 12 wickets, including 5-29 at Old Trafford, in the one-day series, and he claimed another 29 ranking-points from the enthralling first Test draw courtesy of 54 runs and five wickets.

Jordan's contributions with the bat of 19 and 35 came at the rate of 78 runs per 100 balls and he took wickets at key times on a flat deck as England pushed for victory.

Chris Jordan's fine display on his Test debut, where he took five wickets and scored 54 runs, kept him top of the England FTI MVP rankings

He returned 3-102 in the first innings and 2-34 in the second, conceding runs at less than three per over.

Jordan looked so comfortable in an England shirt that it was easy to forget this was his Test debut and that 18 months ago he finished the English domestic season ranked 290th in county cricket.

James Anderson has moved into second spot after an extraordinary spell of bowling late on day five, which almost swung the game England's way.

He had bowled well in the first innings, taking 3-93, but it was his extraordinary return of 19-10-25-4 in the second that nearly proved decisive.

Anderson ripped out the heart of Sri Lanka's batting, claiming the entire middle order, as he located some reverse-swing either side of tea.

Anderson has scored more MVP points in Tests than any other England player since the rankings began back in 2007.

PLAYER

BAT

BOWL

FIELD

CAPT

WINS

PLAYED

AVE

POINTS

Jordan

21.41

73.06

3

0

2

7

99

14.21

Anderson

3.20

78.38

3

0

2

6

87

14.43

Root

54.88

2.31

4

0

2

7

63

9.03

Buttler

48.83

0

12

0

2

6

63

10.47

Ballance

44.94

0

3

0

2

6

50

8.32

He has accrued 1528 points, which is 115 more than Stuart Broad, who sits second on the list.

The situation is reversed in ODIs with Broad's total of 846 points, 10 better than Anderson.

The Lancashire man enjoyed a fine ODI campaign against Sri Lanka, though, taking eight wickets with an outstanding economy rate of 3.88 runs per over.

Only James Tredwell (4.26) and Harry Gurney (4.95) conceded their runs at under five per over. 

Joe Root is up to third in the overall FTI MVP and is the early leader of this summer's Test FTI MVP after scoring his maiden Test double-century at Lord's.

The Yorkshireman contributed a quarter of England's runs in the Test match at a rate of 68 per 100 balls.

His first innings effort of 200 not out was the backbone of England's 575 for nine, a total which had looked unlikely at 120 for four.

It was the second time Root got his name on the famous Lord's honours board having made 180 against the Australia in 2013 when he finished fourth in the Test FTI MVP.

Jos Buttler slips to fourth, while Gary Ballance, who scored his maiden Test century at Lord's, makes the top five for the first time.

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