three reasons to remain positive – 27/01/14
Despite a 4-1 scoreline, England can take positives out of the one-day leg of their tour of Australia in the form of Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes and Joseph Buttler. The trio head the ODI FTI MVP Rankings and give cause for cautious optimism a year ahead of the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Stokes was unearthed as a player of international class during the Ashes, but he’s now brought his allround ability to bear in the 50-over format with a man-of-the-match display at the WACA. Stokes scored 70 off 84 balls and then took 4-38 as England recorded their first victory over Australia this Winter. He’s scored 106 runs and took 10 wickets – three more than Tim Bresnan, who is England’s second-highest wicket-taker – across the five one-dayers, which sees him occupy second in the ODI FTI MVP. Stokes was also second in the Test FTI MVP Rankings and, taking both formats together, he’s opened up a very healthy lead in the Overall FTI MVP Rankings.
Neither Buttler nor Morgan featured in the Ashes but they will both warrant a mention when the selectors next get together to discuss the Test side. Buttler scored 163 runs in the five ODIs but it was his strike rate of 136 runs per 100 balls that set him apart. He smashed 71 off 43 at the WACA and 49 off 36 at Brisbane. He also took eight catches, five of which came in England’s win at the WACA. Buttler has ended the ODI leg of the tour in third spot.
Morgan has been England’s most consistent performer across the five games scoring 75 runs more than Ian Bell, England’s next best run-getter, to top the ODI FTI MVP Rankings. Morgan scored 282 runs at better than a run-a-ball and his sequence of scores is all the more remarkable given the consistent tempo at which he has scored them. 50 at 106 runs per 100 balls, 106 at 107, 54 at 93, 33 at 100 and 39 at 97, illustrate how difficult he is to tie down. Morgan has contributed 21.04% of England’s runs this series and has now scored 3,447 runs from his 112 ODIs at a strike rate of 87 runs per 100 balls, including six hundreds and 21 fifties. Bell has scored 4,635 runs from 140 ODIs at a strike rate of 75 runs per 100 balls, including three hundreds and 29 fifties.
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Stuart Broad returned for the last three ODIs taking five wickets to stay in contention in the overall race. He is only 21 points behind Stokes with plenty of short-form cricket to come this Winter. The race to become England’s Most Valuable Player 2013-14 continues.
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