Broad Nearing Second Most Valuable Player Title – 17/03/14
Injuries to Joe Root and Ben Stokes in the West Indies have strengthened Stuart Broad’s grip on the Winter FTI MVP Title, with just the World T20 matches left to come in the current campaign. Root broke his thumb in eight places during his innings of 107 in the third ODI in Antigua, whilst Stokes punched a locker after getting out first ball in the third T20 International in Antigua, fracturing his scaphoid. That leaves Tim Bresnan, who currently sits third behind Stokes, as Broad’s nearest challenger, needing to make up 55 points on his captain.
Broad played only the first of the three T20s against the West Indies due to a recurring patella tendonitis problem. He scored just five runs and conceded 26 runs from two overs, which saw him lose a point. However, he built up a significant points’ total, having scored 233 runs and taken 33 wickets across all forms this Winter – 155 and 21 of which were achieved in the Ashes. Broad was England’s standout player in the Ashes, taking the Winter Test FTI MVP Title before leading England to an ODI series win in the Caribbean. He is the leading MVP points’ scorer since the Rankings began back in 2007, and is one of the few England players to have been a fixture in all three formats of the game.
Bresnan has been getting stronger as the Winter has gone on. He came late into the Ashes’ fray, having rehabilitated an injury and playing just the Perth and Melbourne Test matches, but has now featured in eight ODIs and five T20Is. He averages 9.40 points per T20, which suggests he’ll have to perform out of his skin to mount a challenge in this campaign, but he has the ability to impact a game with bat and ball, which makes him a threat to an opposition and to Broad in the race for the FTI MVP title.
Ravi Bopara leads the T20 FTI MVP Rankings heading into the World T20. The Essex allrounder has become something of a white-ball specialist over the last few years, topping the T20 FTI MVP in 2011 and the ODI FTI MVP last Summer. He’s scored 137 T20 runs this Winter at the impressive rate of 151 runs per 100 balls, including 42 off 24 in the first match in Antigua and 65 off 27 in Hobart against Australia. Despite batting at number seven, he’s contributed over 15% of England’s T20 runs. His bowling has been just as effective, taking six wickets from 17 overs and conceding runs at the rate of just 5.82 per over. In Antigua, his figures read 4-0-23-2, 4-0-10-1 and 4-0-28-2. Bopara is 33 points clear of Bresnan in the T20 FTI MVP Rankings and has moved up to sixth overall, two points behind Jos Buttler who clinched the ODI FTI MVP Title.
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