Andrew's Shine In Ashes But Anderson Leads MVP -21/07/2009
England's historic victory in the second Ashes Test at Lord's was all about the two Andrews, Strauss and Flintoff, whose hundred and five-wicket haul earned the bulk of the MVP points, but it's still Jimmy Anderson who leads the Test MVP.
Anderson took 4-55 in Australia's first innings to put the skids under Ricky Ponting's men, taking his tally for the Test summer to 17 wickets, which includes the nine he took against the West Indies at the Riverside. Anderson is one of the world's best out-fielders and also chips in with useful runs. He contributed 26 and an unbeaten 21 to stave off defeat in Cardiff and bettered that with 29 as England progressed to beyond 400 at Lord's.
Graeme Swann lies second in the Test MVP after taking 4-87 at Lord's to wrap up the Australian second innings in alliance with Flintoff. The effervescent off-spinner removed danger-man Michael Clarke on the final morning to precipitate the Aussie collapse and finished the job by bowling Mitchell Johnson. Swann has now taken 11 wickets in the summer's four Tests in addition to scoring 145 runs which includes his 63 not out at Lord's against the West Indies and the 78 runs he managed from two contrasting innings in Cardiff.
Stuart Broad is in third spot in the Test MVP and is hanging on to the top spot in the overall MVP. The young all rounder has scored 115 runs and taken 12 wickets in Tests but has found the Aussie batsmen tougher to break down than the West Indies', who obliged with their wickets on eight occasions. Good performances in the shorter formats and steady contributions in the Tests demonstrates that the MVP winner of the last campaign is not going to give up his title easily.
Strauss's first innings effort of 161 has moved him up to fourth spot. He has now scored 296 runs from the four Tests, his next best effort the 32 he scored in the second innings. Strauss pipped Anderson to the Test MVP title last time out after a string of hundreds in the Caribbean. All England will be hoping England's captain can stand firm in the face of the Australian onslaught this summer.
Alastair Cook has been in fine form all season for club and country. He cracked 160 against the West Indies at the Riverside and followed that up with 95 and 32 at Lord's to take his campaign tally to 352 runs in four Tests. He is in fifth spot in the Test MVP.
Cook's county colleague Ravi Bopara is sixth having scored 332 Test runs. He scored 143 and 108 against the West Indies but has found life tougher against the Aussies notching just 71 runs from four knocks.
Graham Onions is in seventh, Matt Prior eighth and Flintoff after his herculean efforts at Lord's is up to ninth having played just two Tests. The big man earned 22 points for his 5-92 in the second innings and he's also picked up points for useful run contributions. As always with Flintoff the MVP statistic to look for is his points-per-game average which currently stands at a mighty 24.41.
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