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Young leg-spinner leads Rankings after impressing against Pakistan.
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Sarah Glenn leads the PCA’s England Women Overall Most Valuable Player Rankings following a string of impressive performances against Pakistan in Malaysia, the first of which was her full international debut.
The 20-year-old was a relative unknown going into the three ODIs and three T20Is in Kuala Lumpur, but has accumulated more bowling MVP points (48) than any other member of the squad, thanks to her 12 wickets at 12.25 runs apiece across both series.
She sits five points clear of keeper Amy Jones in second and 12 clear of all-rounder Natalie Sciver in third, with skipper Heather Knight and Danni Wyatt completing the current top five.
Glenn first international tour has seen England denied victory only once as a result of bad weather on Saturday 14 December. That fixture, however, saw the leg-spinner return her best international figures to date of 4-18 from eight overs, including the wicket of both Pakistan openers.
Other highlights for Glenn saw her claim 2-38 on full debut, in a fixture that England went on to win comfortably by 75 runs, and 2-12 in a miserly spell during the final match of the tour.
As a result, she currently leads both the Overall and ODI MVP tables, averaging 9.24 MVP points-per-game across both limited overs formats – no player is currently averaging more.
The only player to come close to matching Glenn’s haul in Malaysia is Jones, who has 31.5 batting MVP points to her young teammate’s zero.
The wicketkeeper-batter has enjoyed an excellent run of form, particularly during the T20I series, where she returned scores of 53, 89 and 37, claiming the PCA’s MVP of the Match award in the final two fixtures of the tour.
In the last of those, Jones demonstrated her keeping abilities by claiming two stumpings which, added to her four catches behind the stumps on tour, have helped her to accumulate 14 fielding points to go with those for her batting
Sciver is the highest ranked all-rounder with 43.71 MVP points, albeit having appeared in one less fixture than both Glenn and Jones above her.
The clear highlight of Sciver’s tour came on 12 December, when she struck 100 of her side’s huge total of 327-4 – her second ODI ton to date. Four wickets have added 12 bowling points to that tally, meaning Sciver completes the top three just ahead of skipper Knight for the time being.
Opener Wyatt, who currently has the most batting MVP points (34) of any squad member, is in fifth position, but it’s tight as only seven MVP points currently separate third from seventh.
In the format-specific T20I MVP, the aforementioned Jones currently tops the table with 42 MVP points following the conclusion of last night’s fixture.
She leads from 2019 NatWest Women’s Player of the Summer Sophie Ecclestone (31 points), who has enjoyed a fine 2019, winning the Overall MVP for the summer before receiving the most coveted individual prize in women’s cricket in early October.
The duo’s form in the shortest format is timely, given that England’s next assignment sees them travel to Australia for the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup, beginning against New Zealand in Melbourne on Sunday 9 February. The Overall and T20I MVPs for winter 2019/20 will be crowned following the conclusion of that tournament in March.
The PCA’s Most Valuable Player algorithm was designed by the Association in conjunction with the players to recognise match-winning contributions. On top of traditional batting and bowling averages, bonus points are awarded, for instance, for accumulating runs quickly, claiming top-order wickets and taking catches in the field.
View the England Women MVP Rankings here.
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