Anderson Wins Race for the England FTI MVP Award – 25/09/13
Bowler beats Broad and Root to top Rankings for the first time
Jimmy Anderson has held off stiff competition to win the coveted title of England FTI Most Valuable Player for the first time.
Anderson collected 241 Ranking points, despite playing less games than all but one of those players who finished in the top ten.
His three-point margin of victory from fellow bowler, Stuart Broad, was the narrowest since the competition’s inception in 2007.
In total, Anderson took 47 wickets across seven Test matches and seven One Day Internationals (ODIs), including three five-wicket hauls. He also contributed 76 runs with the bat, took eight catches, and was responsible for a run-out.
Of his scalps, 27 of them came against top six batsmen – two less than Broad claimed from his 44 dismissals. Broad also earned 22 more batting points, but it was Anderson’s superior economy rates that kept him ahead of his Nottinghamshire rival.
Anderson’s 31 Test wickets came at a cost of just 3.01 runs per over, compared to Broad’s 3.26, while the 16 he took in limited-over matches came at 4.41 per over – in contrast to Broad’s 5.78.
The England FTI MVP rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held across all three formats of the game.
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.
Richard Sunderland, Managing Director, Strategic Communications at FTI Consulting, said, “James Anderson has done a magnificent job leading the England bowling attack this Ashes Summer, and it is pleasing that the statistics back up what we have all seen.
“He has consistently proved what a top-class bowler he is and I look forward to him repeating the success down under in the Ashes return.”
Anderson, whose previous best in the competition was third over the Winter of 2008-09, picks up a cheque for £2,500.
The 14 games he played for England were the lowest of any of the performers in the top ten, other than Graeme Swann, who played just ten.
With Anderson rested for the five ODIs against Australia, Joe Root was expected to overtake him in the Rankings. However, he could only muster 11 points from the required 18, having run out of steam at the end of a long Summer, in which he was pressed into England action more than any other player.
Ravi Bopara walked off with the ODI FTI MVP title, scoring 317 runs and taking 10 wickets. In the T20 FTI MVP, Alex Hales narrowly beat Jade Dernbach to the title, after scoring 141 runs at a strike rate of 142 runs per 100 balls and earning 34.29 points to Dernbach's 33.81.
Anderson is now third in the all-time accumulative points table, dating back to the competition’s start in 2007. He is less than a point behind Swann in second but over 100 behind the leader, Broad.
England FTI MVP Points – Summer 2013
For more information on the FTI MVP Ranking System, please visit www.thepca.co.uk.
The FTI MVP is a cumulative points system that rewards players for every run scored, wicket taken and catch held – and, how well they do it. A player achieves bonus points based on certain criteria. An overview of the formula is set out below:
Batting + Bowling + Fielding + Captaincy + Winning = Total MVP points
Batting: The basis of the batting points take into account runs scored, the rate they are scored at, and the percentage of the team's total. Batting bonus points are achieved for reaching a century, achieving a benchmark run-rate (varies per tournament, i.e. 1.5 runs per ball in the Twenty20), and scoring over 30% of a team's runs.
Bowling: The basis for the bowling points take into account the number of wickets and economy rates. Bowlers achieve higher points for getting out higher order batsmen. Bowling bonus points are gained for achieving a benchmark economy rate (varies per tournament, i.e. fewer than 6 runs per over in Twenty20), taking 5 or more wickets in an innings, and bowling maidens.
Fielding: Points are accumulated for catches, run outs – direct hits, run outs – assists, stumpings, with bonuses for 5 fielding dismissals in an innings.
Captaincy: A captain of a winning side will receive one bonus point.
Winning teams: All members of a winning team receive one bonus point.
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