Root Eyes Overall MVP Title as He Moves Up the MVP Rankings – 02/09/13
After dispatching Australia 3-0 in the Ashes, England drew the two-match Twenty20 series 1-1 with strong performances from Alex Hales, Jade Dernbach and Joe Root, who is now favourite to take the Overall title of England's Most Valuable Player for the Summer of 2013.
Root has been a fixture in all forms of the game for England since his debut in India ten months ago. He has already played two more games than any other England player this Summer, and is likely to play at least seven more matches than his nearest competitors with Stuart Broad, Jimmy Anderson, Alastair Cook, Ian Bell and Graeme Swann all resting for the upcoming One-Day Internationals. Root has shown great versatility and a maturity beyond his years, scoring 243 Test runs – including one hundred and one fifty – against New Zealand from the middle order, before being promoted to open in the Ashes where he made 339 runs, including a career-best 180 at Lord's. He scored his Test runs at the rate of 46 runs per 100 balls, but showed the other side of his game during the T20 International against Australia at the Ageas Bowl – smashing 90 off 49 balls. Root needs 18 points from the remaining five ODIs to overhaul Jimmy Anderson, who currently leads the Overall FTI MVP with 241 points. Anderson also leads the ODI FTI MVP, but will have to contend with Jonathan Trott, who is just five points behind in second and has been selected for the ODIs.
Hales has claimed the T20 FTI MVP title after scoring 94 off 61 deliveries at the Riverside, which earned him 26.22 points – the best return for an England T20 International (http://www.thepca.co.uk/mostpoints5yearengland.html?comp=t20). The Nottinghamshire opener made 141 runs at a strike rate of 142 runs per 100 balls, scoring 23.50% of England's T20 runs across the three completed T20 Internationals this Summer. Hales holds the joint highest T20 score for England (99) with Luke Wright, and looked on course to beat that against Australia until he holed out on the long-on boundary. He has narrowly pipped Jade Dernbach, who has taken his domestic T20 form (18 wickets with an economy rate of 6.70 in the Friends Life t20 for Surrey) and replicated it on the international stage. Dernbach returned figures of 3-34 at the Ageas Bowl, despite the Aaron Finch onslaught, and then bettered those with 3-24 at the Riverside. Michael Lumb was third in the T20 FTI MVP, with 96 runs at the strike rate of 175 runs per 100 balls, and Luke Wright, in fourth, managed 86 at 159 runs per 100 balls and two wickets.
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