Jimmy Anderson Wins England Most Valuable Player Title – 01/10/13
Jimmy Anderson has won the coveted title of England's Most Valuable Player for the first time. England's Test spearhead led the 2013 race from start to finish and was even able to withstand the challenges of his nearest rivals whilst sitting out the recent ODI series against Australia. Anderson took 47 wickets across seven Tests and seven ODIs. His 31 Test wickets cost 25.26 runs apiece, whilst he conceded just 3.01 runs per over. He finished third in the Test FTI MVP behind Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad and was leading the ODI FTI MVP at the end of the ICC Champions Trophy, having taken 16 wickets in One-Dayers and conceding at a miserly 4.41 runs per over. His enforced rest saw him slip to fourth in the ODI FTI MVP Rankings, but he hung on to the lead in the overall race. Anderson's best finish prior to this Summer was third in 2008-09, and he topped the Test Rankings in 2010 when he took 32 wickets in six Tests against a combination of Bangladesh and Pakistan.
Joe Root was the favourite to overhaul Anderson with five ODIs to play, but he could only muster 11 points from a required 18 as he seemed to run out of steam at the end of a long Summer in which he was pressed into England action more than any other player. It's hard to imagine that this time last year Root had still to make his England bow. And this Summer he played 21 times across all three formats, three more than Jonathan Trott and seven more games than Anderson. In his first seven ODIs of the campaign, he scored 257 runs, and in his last five he managed just 43 runs. Rest up Joe, ready for the Ashes!
Ravi Bopara walked off with the ODI FTI MVP, scoring 317 runs and taking 10 wickets in what England will hope is a breakthrough Summer in white-ball cricket. He signed off with 62 off 66 balls at the Ageas Bowl, albeit in a losing cause, and now looks a world-class player in short form cricket. He produced a series of important cameos in the Champions Trophy and scored an impressive unbeaten 101 off 75 balls against Ireland as they threatened an upset in the one-off ODI at Malahide.
In the T20 FTI MVP, Alex Hales narrowly pipped Jade Dernbach to the title. Hales scored 141 runs at a strike rate of 142 runs per 100 balls, earning 34.29 points to Dernbach's 33.81, taking 7 wickets at an economy rate of 7.33 runs per over.
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