of the Series Stuart Broad Tops the England Test FTI MVP − 25/08/11
England have finished the Test summer on
top of the world after polishing India off 4-0 with an innings and 8-run
victory at the Oval. Stuart Broad was the Man of the Series and tops the
England Test FTI MVP having taken 25 wickets in the India series and a further
8 against Sri Lanka earlier in the summer. He contributed 239 runs too,
including three fifties with a game-changing 64 the best of these, at Trent
Bridge. Significantly he scored his runs at the impressive rate of 94 runs per
100 balls, often putting the tourists on the back foot. The Nottinghamshire
all-rounder returned figures of 6-46 at Trent Bridge, his home ground, and
never failed to take a wicket in any innings of the summer. Broad is ranked
third in the overall FTI MVP.
Ian Bell is ranked fourth overall and
second in the Test FTI MVP. Bell has had a prolific summer, scoring 835 runs in
Test cricket including 103 and 119 against Sri Lanka and 159 and 235 against
India. He only failed on one occasion (a duck in the second innings at Lord's),
his next lowest score 31 in the first innings at Trent Bridge. He scored his
runs at the healthy rate of 67 runs per hundred balls, even better than his 56
runs per 100 balls in the Ashes over the winter.
Jimmy Anderson finishes the Test summer FTI
MVP in third. 28 wickets, most of them top order scalps, were added to his
tally including 5-65 at Lord's and 4-85 at Edgbaston both against India.
England's spearhead was badly missed in the drawn game against Sri Lanka at
Lord's, and proved his consistency by never failing to take a wicket. Indeed,
until the last innings of the India Test at the Kia Oval Anderson took 2 or
more wickets every time he bowled. He sent down 247.5 overs and conceded runs
at just 3 runs per over.
Alastair Cook will lead England in the forthcoming
one-day series against India looking to maintain the team's momentum and his
own scintillating form, which sees him top both the overall and the ODI FTI
MVP. Cook has scored 1036 runs across all forms, 738 of which have come in
Tests where he is ranked fourth. Scores of 133, 96, 106 and 55 against Sri
Lanka were followed by three low scores and a grandaddy hundred at Edgbaston.
The Essex opener's innings of 294 occupied 545 balls, and he scored his runs at
his usual tempo of around 50 runs per 100 balls exactly as he did in the Ashes.
In the one-dayers against Sri Lanka he made scores of 119 and 95 not out, and
scored his runs at 97 runs per 100 balls to silence those who doubted he could
adapt his game to the limited overs form of the game.
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