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England captain Eoin Morgan leads the England ODI PCA Most Valuable Player Rankings for the Winter and will be looking to help England bounce back after a disappointing Test series against West Indies as the tourists fell to a 2-1 defeat.
Moeen Ali topped the Winter Test MVP Rankings thanks to a dominant display in Sri Lanka, which was followed by 15 wickets in the Caribbean to take his haul to 153 MVP points in the longest format. The all-rounder will again be crucial in the ODI series as he looks to extend his lead at top of the Overall Rankings.
However, it is his skipper who is best placed in the MVP for the 50-over format after a successful series against Sri Lanka, which saw him only dismissed once in scoring 195 runs in a rain-effected triumph.
The batsman played a key role in the three victories, which saw him score 92 followed by unbeaten scores of 58 and 31 as England finished the series with a 3-1 win.
It is not just Morgan’s prowess with the bat which has seen him impress, he has now led England to nine successive ODI series wins to take his side to the top of the ICC ODI Rankings.
The 32-year-old will lead a fully fit England squad for the five-match series which begins in Barbados on Wednesday with the Three Lions fully prepared after a crushing warm-up victory which saw hundreds for Jason Roy and Joe Root.
England beat a University of West Indies Vice Chancellor’s XI on Sunday by 171 runs by posting an impressive 371-7 and then bowling out the hosts for 200 with wickets evenly shared out between the bowlers. The returning Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood all took two wickets in a useful outing for the bowling attack.
Rashid has established himself as one of the world’s best ODI bowlers and he currently sits in second place in the Winter ODI Rankings with 50 points, 10 behind his captain. The reliable Woakes has 30 points and leads a pack of five players in the 20-29 point bracket who all contributed with distinction to the 3-1 series win in the sub-continent.
The MVP Rankings provides a more rigorous analysis of player performances than traditional batting and bowling averages, with the algorithm, giving full credit to those players whose performances improve their team’s chances of winning.
View the MVP Rankings here.