England’s 3-0 Ashes Victory Sees Swann Top The Ashes FTI MVP And Win The Summer Test FTI MVP – 27/08/13
England celebrated a 3-0 Ashes series victory after bad light brought an unsatisfactory end to a dramatic final day at the Oval. England's four leading players, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Ian Bell and Jimmy Anderson, topped the 100 MVP-points mark in Ashes cricket –and it was their respective contributions at key times, which proved the difference between the sides. The three bowlers shared 70 wickets, while Bell scored three hundreds when his team needed them most. For Australia, only Ryan Harris scored over 100 points (136).
Graeme Swann tops the Ashes FTI MVP and wins this Summer's Test FTI MVP. He's taken 36 Test wickets, 26 of which came in the Ashes, having taken 10 in the Headingley Test against New Zealand. His best return in the Ashes came at Lord's, when he returned figures of 5-44 and 4-78. He's chipped in with valuable runs, too; scoring 30 off 24 balls at Durham and 34 off 24 at the Oval.
Swann is third in the overall race, having lost ground earlier in the Summer when injury caused him to miss a large chunk of the ICC Champions Trophy and the T20 internationals against New Zealand. As the above table shows Swann is the second-highest points scorer in the history of the MVP Rankings (since its inception in 2007) and has the highest points-per-game average in Tests and overall.
Broad is second in the overall Test FTI MVP, having taken 34 wickets and scored 204 runs in the longer form of the game. Broad blew away New Zealand with 7-44 in the Kiwis' second innings at Lord's and was similarly effective against Australia up at Durham taking 5-77 and 6-50. Both he and Anderson took 22 Ashes wickets to complement Swann. If the Lord's Test belonged to Swann and Durham's to Broad, Trent Bridge was the scene for Anderson's heroics. He took 5-85 and 5-73 to clinch a nail-biting victory by 14 runs.
Bell scored a century in each of England's victories. Without them, all three Tests could have been lost – Trent Bridge and Chester-le-Street almost certainly would have been. He is ranked third in the Ashes FTI MVP, having scored 572 runs, which represent 20% of England's Ashes runs. He is currently fifth in the Test FTI MVP and sixth in the overall race, after a quiet start to the summer against New Zealand.Anderson has led the overall race from the very start of the campaign, but could well miss out on what would be his first FTI MVP title. He is 14 points ahead of Broad and 24 points ahead of Swann, but is unlikely to feature in this week's T20 internationals, and could be rested for some of the five ODIs which end England's Summer.
Moeen Ali Jumps Ahead In The County FTI MVP Rankings – 27/08/13
Worcestershire's Moeen Ali has made a decisive move in the race for the title of County Cricket's Most Valuable Player (MVP) 2013, hitting the front for the first time this season, with the finish line in sight. Ali has scored a staggering 106 points in the space of seven days courtesy of three hundreds, one fifty and five wickets across two Yorkshire Bank 40 (YB40) matches and one LV= County Championship game. First, he scored 114 off just 85 balls and took 2-31 against Warwickshire in the YB40, before scoring a brace of hundreds in the LV=CC versus Lancashire. He then scored 51 off 40 balls and took 2-68 against Sussex.
Ali's versatility is illustrated by the fact he is ranked in the top ten of each individual competition. He has 1825 runs across all forms and is the leading run-scorer in the LV=CC with 1184 runs, including four hundreds and seven fifties. He has scored 25% of Worcestershire's runs in the competition and achieved a best score of 250 against Glamorgan.
Long-time leader Samit Patel has dropped to second spot overall, but is just five points behind Ali, having himself accumulated points across both forms of the game. Patel took 2-30 and then scored 59 off 70 balls against Kent at Canterbury to cement Nottinghamshire's place in the semi-final of the YB40. Patel is ranked second in the YB40 FTI MVP behind Somerset's Peter Trego, whom he will meet in the Trent Bridge semi.
Darren Stevens, in third, has maintained his challenge, with a hundred in the Championship against Gloucestershire, his third of the LV=CC campaign. Stevens has 890 LV=CC runs at the formidable strike rate of 82 runs per 100 balls and 20 wickets. Across all forms he has 1466 runs and 39 wickets.
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