Could Stuart Broad’s recent rest jeopardise his FTI MVP top spot? 22/08/12
Stuart Broad will be rested for the upcoming ODIs against South Africa jeopardising his position at the top of the FTI MVP rankings. Broad consolidated his lead at the top of both the overall and the Test FTI MVP despite being unable to prevent a second Test defeat of the summer to Graeme Smith’s side and the loss of England’s number one Test status. Broad did produce his best batting effort of the series, however, as England’s counterattacking lower order – marshalled by Matt Prior – threatened a miracle at Lord’s. Broad scored 37 off just 42 balls as England hunted down 346 for victory taking his tally for the Test season to 105 runs in addition to 25 wickets. His best bowling also came at Lord’s but against the West Indies in May when he took 7-72 and 4-93. Against the South Africans his best return was 5-69 in the second Test at Headingley.
Broad has finished top of the last three Test FTI MVP campaigns and is the highest ranked player in the history of the MVP Rankings, which began back in 2007. He has played 172 matches across all forms accumulating 1979 points, 1007 of which have come in Tests (from 50 matches). The 741 points he’s scored in ODI cricket (from 88 matches) is unsurpassed and he’s the third highest points scorer in both Tests and T20s.
Alastair Cook sits joint second with Ian Bell in the current MVP campaign on 143 points, 15 adrift of Broad. England’s ODI Captain has scored 628 runs this summer: 371 in Tests where he is ranked 6th and 257 in the 50-over format where he is ranked 2nd. Cook managed just 7 and 3 against South Africa at Lord’s failing to hit the heights of his series-opening salvo of 115 at the Kia Oval. Comparing Cook with Broad in an MVP career context is interesting with Cook having played 122 games (50 fewer than Broad), most of which have been Tests (69 – 19 more than Broad). Cook has transformed himself as a one-day player over the last couple of years accruing 435 MVP points but previously he struggled to get in the team thus he has only played 49 ODIs (39 fewer than Broad). He has racked up 970 points in Tests.
Bell has scored 734 runs in this campaign: 366 in Tests, 368 in ODIs. He stepped into the breach when Kevin Pietersen retired from the shorter forms reeling off a hundred and three fifties against the West Indies to storm to the top of the ODI FTI MVP. He is ranked 9th in the Test FTI MVP scoring five fifties but couldn’t convert promising starts into centuries. Career-wise Bell is ranked 8th overall, 8th in Tests and 8th in ODIs. He’s played 136 games across all forms accumulating 1176 points. His 57 Tests earned him 675 points; 74 ODIs gained 453 points, while his five T20 internationals added 48 points.
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