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Swann outscores team-mates at Old Trafford

Graeme Swann was the big points-scorer in the England FTI MVP rankings at Emirates Old Trafford after his notable first-innings performance in the third Investec Ashes Test.

The Nottinghamshire bowler picked up over 25 points for his 5-159, which included the valuable wickets of three of Australia's top five batsmen. His total match tally in the rain-affected draw was 32.74 points, moving him to within 15 points of second-placed Joe Root.

By his own high standards James Anderson had a quiet game, picking up just 6.17 points on his home ground thanks to his 2-37 in the second innings as Australia set a target.

The strength of England's bowling line-up, which has helped them to a two-Test lead in the series, is highlighted by three of their attack being in the top four of the rankings.

Stuart Broad, in fourth, completes the trio, having taken his 200th Test wicket. In doing so he ensured Alastair Cook's men became only the second England team in history to have three bowlers in the same side to have reached that milestone.

Kevin Pietersen, who plundered just over 21 per cent of his team's total in their first innings after hitting 113 off 206 balls, had his most productive match of the summer so far, adding 28.48 points to his total. But he remains just outside the top 10 after missing so much of the early matches due to injury.

The England FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held across all three formats of the game, starting this summer with the Investec Test series against New Zealand.

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.

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.

In comparative data between England and Australia on the three Test matches to date Swann is also top of the heap on 98 points. Peter Siddle is next, just a point above Root in third. Both teams boast five players each in the top 10, with skipper Michael Clarke now seventh on 62 points after his impressive 187.

ENGLAND FTI MVP POINTS SUMMER 2013

 

Player

Batting

Bowling

Field

Capt

Wins

Plyd

Pts

Ave

James Anderson

10.61

185.42

5

0

7.0

12

208

17.34

Joe Root

143.49

22.60

9

0

8.0

13

183

14.08

Graeme Swann

15.77

142.59

6

0

4.0

8

168

21.04

Stuart Broad

32.06

107.18

3

0

8.0

11

150

13.66

Jonathan Trott

128.09

-0.80

9

0

8.0

13

144

11.10

Ian Bell

119.74

0.00

8

0

8.0

13

136

10.44

Alastair Cook

106.12

0.00

12

8

8.0

13

134

10.32

Tim Bresnan

13.67

56.42

1

0

4.0

9

75

8.34

Ravi Bopara

37.90

21.83

3

0

4.0

8

67

8.34

Steve Finn

2.47

46.79

2

0

5.0

5

56

11.25