Jimmy Anderson Regains Top Position in the England FTI MVP Rankings – 24/06/13
England will be distraught at having narrowly failed to win their first ever 50-over world tournament, after defeat to India at Edgbaston. Despite a terrific bowling performance and and a couple of standout innings from Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, England could not get over the line against a dynamic Indian side, which held its nerve under the lights.
Once again, it was Jimmy Anderson who led the way with the ball, taking 1-24 from his four overs in a match reduced to 20 overs per side. Anderson is England's Most Valuable Player (MVP) this Summer in the Overall and ODIs Rankings, having taken 25 wickets across Tests (9) and ODIs (16). He took three three-wicket hauls in ODIs, including 3-31 against New Zealand and 3-30 in England's opener at the ICC Champions Trophy against Australia. Anderson conceded his runs at just 4.41 runs per over and took wickets every game he played. He is ranked fifth in the Test FTI MVP Rankings, with a best return of 5-47 – expect him to move up this list when the Ashes gets into full swing.
Jonathan Trott is England's ‘Mr Consistent’ with the bat. He's ranked second overall and second in the ODI FTI MVP Rankings after a terrific Champions Trophy, in which he scored 229 runs. He has now scored 441 ODI runs for the Summer, at a strike rate of 90 runs per 100 balls. His best knocks were 109 off 104 balls against New Zealand, and 82 off 84 versus South Africa in the semis of the Champions Trophy.
This Summer has also seen the re-emergence of Ravi Bopara as a one-day force at international level. England's plan of laying a platform allowed Bopara freedom to express himself in the final overs, which he did to good effect. He took Australia for 46 runs from 37 balls, then smashed Sri Lanka for 33 off 13, including 28 off the final over. He nearly steered England to the trophy with 30 off 25 in the final, a game in which he had earlier taken 3-20. Bopara is ranked fifth in the ODI FTI MVP Rankings, behind Joe Root in third and Alastair Cook in fourth.
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