Ravi Bopara Takes the Lead in the England ODI FTI MVP – 12/09/13
Ravi Bopara leads the England ODI FTI MVP Rankings with two games remaining this Summer. Bopara, who last played Test cricket 14 months ago against South Africa, has established himself in England's one-day team after a summer of eye-catching performances. He has scored 248 runs and taken nine wickets in ODIs this campaign, scoring his runs at the impressive rate of 120 runs per 100 balls. He produced a series of cameos in the ICC Champions Trophy and nearly got England home in the final against India when he scored 30 off 25 balls, having earlier taken 3-20 with the ball. His best knock, though, came more recently against Ireland when he scored 101 not out off just 75 balls, adding an unbroken 226 with Eoin Morgan to rescue England from 48-4.
The FTI MVP Rankings highlight Bopara's steady improvement in ODI cricket over the last few years. He was ranked 13th in ODIs in 2010, 12th in 2010/11, 10th in 2011, 9th in 2011/12 and 3rd in 2012. He didn't feature for England in ODI cricket over the Winter, but has shown a greater consistency this term.
Jimmy Anderson, meanwhile, has the weather to thank for him maintaining his lead in the Overall FTI MVP. Joe Root, Anderson's most serious challenger, has earned just four points from the ODIs versus Australia and needs 14 points from the remaining two games to overhaul the Lancastrian and take spot. The one-day series continues on Saturday in Cardiff and finishes at the Ageas Bowl on Monday.
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