England FTI MVP Winter 2013/14
  Player Batting Bowling Field Capt. Wins Pld Pts Average
1Broad, Stuart46.75163.77734.01922511.82
2Stokes, Benjamin74.7494.66404.01517711.83
3Bresnan, Timothy52.5895.59604.0191588.32
4Bopara, Ravinder72.5958.29405.0181407.77
5Buttler, Joseph95.490.003405.0181347.47


England don’t need the FTI MVP Rankings to tell them that they’ve underperformed in the opening two Ashes Tests, but the statistics highlight just how below par Alastair Cook’s men have played in Australia.

Australia has scored 1,398 runs for the loss of 29 wickets across the two Tests, with their batsmen scoring four hundreds and eight fifties. England have replied with 799 runs for the loss of 40 wickets – six players making a solitary fifty each.

Stuart Broad has been England’s standout performer with 11 wickets – a tally more than double that of any of his colleagues. He took 6-81 in Australia’s first innings at Brisbane and 3-98 in their first innings at Adelaide. Jimmy Anderson has five wickets including 2-19 in the second innings; Graeme Swann has four.

Joe Root, who shifted from six to three in the order following the departure of Jonathan Trott, is England’s leading run-scorer with 130 runs. His second-innings knock at Adelaide of 87 is the team’s highest individual score. He has scored his runs at the rate of 35 runs per 100 balls, which is perhaps understandable given he has been looking to save the game. Michael Carberry has 114 runs at 37 runs per 100 balls; Alastair Cook 82 runs at 34 runs per 100 balls and Kevin Pietersen 101 at 49 runs per 100 balls. Only Ian Bell has a strike rate better than a run every other ball (55 runs per 100 balls).

Three years ago in Adelaide, Pietersen scored 227 runs at 74 runs per 100 balls as England won by an innings. Across the series, he scored 360 runs at 64 runs per 100 balls, while Cook scored 766 runs at 53 runs per 100 balls to take the Test FTI MVP.

England head to Perth 2-0 down knowing they need to avoid defeat to keep the Ashes Series alive – for that to happen, they’ll need more from their senior batsmen.                                                          



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