Ian Bell consolidates his position at the top of the England FTI MVP – 10/09/12
Ian Bell’s performances in the recent ODI series against South Africa have consolidated his position at the top of the England FTI MVP and the ODI FTI MVP. The Warwickshire batsman has thrived opening the batting in the one-day team this summer, scoring 549 runs from 11 innings at a strike rate of 83 runs per 100 balls, including one hundred and four fifties. Bell has contributed nearly a quarter of England’s one-day runs in elegant and orthodox fashion, racking up 124 ODI MVP points in the process. Interestingly, his strike rate is exactly the same as he achieved in 2011; the difference however, is the weight of runs. In 2011, he made 211 from nine knocks scoring a solitary 50.
Bell’s ODI opening partner and Captain, Alastair Cook, is second in the ODI FTI MVP and third overall. Cook’s performances across the last three one-day MVP campaigns make for interesting comparison. In 2011, he topped the ODI FTI MVP after scoring 467 runs from 10 games including a hundred and three fifties, and his strike rate of 96 runs per 100 balls silenced those who’d thought him too slow to make it as a one-day player. He contributed 22% of England’s runs that summer against Sri Lanka and India; exactly the same percentage as he managed against Pakistan and Sri Lanka the following winter (2011-12). If anything, this winter campaign was even more successful for Cook as he churned out 456 runs from nine matches including two back-to-back hundreds and three fifties. His scoring rate slipped only marginally to 88 runs per 100 balls. This summer has seen him contribute 15.10% of his team’s runs and his 340 runs have come at the slower rate of 73 runs per 100 balls. He notched 112 off 120 balls against the West Indies but managed just the one fifty each against Australia and South Africa.
Stuart Broad splits the two batsmen in the overall FTI MVP. England’s T20 Captain has a big month ahead of him as England look to defend their World T20 crown and he should be refreshed having been rested for the South African one-day series. Broad topped the Test FTI MVP, scoring 105 runs and taking 25 wickets. His best batting came in the last Test against South Africa when he made 37 off just 42 balls and his best bowling came at the same venue earlier in the summer against the West Indies 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 173 matches across all forms accumulating 1985 points, 1007 of which have come in Tests (from 50 matches). The 741 points he has scored in ODI cricket (from 88 matches) is unsurpassed and he is the third highest points scorer in both Tests and T20s.
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