Broad Wins Winter MVP Title – 02/04/14
Stuart Broad might well want to consign England’s winter of discontent – which contained an Ashes’ whitewash, an early exit from the World T20, defeat to the Netherlands and just five wins out of 23 matches – to distant memory. But that would be to ignore his own performances, which have seen him take the titles of England’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Test Player. Broad led the race from start to finish, having begun with 6-81 in the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane. He scored 72 runs and took four wickets in Sydney to hold off the challenge of Ben Stokes for the Test FTI MVP, and finished the series with 155 runs and 21 wickets. Across all three forms of the game, he scored 238 runs and took 37 wickets. Along with Tim Bresnan, he played the most matches (19) and finished 48 points clear of Stokes in the overall race – the biggest winning margin since Jonathan Trott finished 80 points clear of Andrew Strauss in 2010-11. Broad is now ranked top of the all-time England MVP Rankings (inception 2007), the all-time ODI Rankings and the all-time T20 Rankings. Only Graeme Swann and Jimmy Anderson have more Test MVP Ranking points.
Ravi Bopara clinched the T20 FTI MVP, despite Alex Hales’ pyrotechnics in the World T20. Hales, who won the 2013 FTI MVP, smashed 116 not out – England’s only T20 century – off 64 balls against Sri Lanka, and 38 off 22 versus South Africa, but it was Bopara’s ability to impact the game with bat and ball that proved decisive. The Essex all-rounder scored 221 runs at a strike rate of 144 runs per 100 balls and took seven wickets with an economy rate of 5.52 runs per over. His most explosive innings came in lost causes – 65 off 27 versus Australia in the opening T20 in Hobart, 42 off 24 against the West Indies in Barbados and 31 off 18 against South Africa in Chittagong.
Jos Buttler was England’s Most Valuable Player in one-day cricket, scoring 274 runs at the rate of 123 runs per 100 balls. He also took 11 catches and completed two stumpings. Buttler, who finished fifth in the T20 FTI MVP and fifth overall, seemed to enjoy the extra time at the crease afforded by the 50-over game. He faced 168 balls in 10 T20 games (average 16.8 balls per game) but in ODIs, he faced 222 balls from 8 games (average 27.75 balls per game). He struck 15 fours and five sixes in T20 cricket and 18 fours and 10 sixes in ODIs. His best performance came in Antigua, where his 99 off 84 balls alongside a Joe Root century clinched England’s solitary series win of the winter. He also smashed 71 off 43 at the WACA and 49 off 36 at Brisbane in the one-day series versus Australia..
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