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Swann named England's winter MVP

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April 18, 2012

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Graeme Swann picked up his 13th five-wicket haul, Sri Lanka v England, 2nd Test, Colombo, P Sara Oval, 5th day, April 7, 2012
Graeme Swann was England's Most Valuable Player over the winter © Getty Images
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Graeme Swann has been named as England's Most Valuable Player over the winter, according to the ranking system used by the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA). Swann's 10-wicket haul against Sri Lanka earlier this month helped England to a first Test win in five matches and took his tally to 39 wickets in all formats.

Swann held off Kevin Pietersen, who scored 151 as England levelled the two-Test series with Sri Lanka at 1-1, to win the FTI MVP award, which includes a cheque for £2,000 to be given the charity Lowe Syndrome Trust. Swann has previously been England's MVP twice before - after the tours to South Africa and Bangladesh in 2009-10 and following the 2010 English summer.

The draw in Colombo - in which Swann finished with match figures of 10 for 181 - also ensured England retained their No. 1 Test ranking for a while longer.

"I'm delighted to have won the FTI MVP after what has been a tough winter and it's obviously great that we're still number one too," Swann said. "It is nice to win any award but it is especially pleasing to win one where you are compared to your team-mates on hard statistics.

"Losing the three Tests against Pakistan was a real blow, but we picked ourselves up in the ODIs and again after the defeat in Galle to prove there's plenty of fight in this team. The performance in Colombo bodes well for the summer, and hopefully we can carry that momentum into the Test series against the West Indies."

Sebastian Mathews, senior vice-president of FTI Consulting, said: "Congratulations to Graeme on his win, not only for this winter, but for becoming the first person to win a hat-trick of England FTI MVP awards. It was a very exciting end to the winter FTI MVPs where Graeme was run very close and this sets us up for an exciting summer of cricket ahead of us."

The MVP ranking system, used by the PCA since 2007, takes into account factors such as bowlers' economy rates and the percentage of a team's runs scored by individual batsmen, alongside more standard measurements such as wickets, runs and catches.

Swann also topped the individual Test statistics with 146 points from five matches at an average of 29.17. His total was over 40 points clear of nearest challenger James Anderson. ODI captain Alastair Cook led from the front in 50-over cricket, topping the standings with 113 points, while Pietersen, who scored 30% of England's runs in the shortest format, was the T20 FTI MVP.

Edited by Alan Gardner


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Posted by Andrew on (April 21, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

@Damo_s - with Swanny's action & bowling lines, a doosra not matter how well he disguised it would be pretty obvious to reasonable batsmen. The doosra works for a different style of offie, (particularly if the technique is unique). @JG2704 - understand that it was across all 3 formats, but you have to admit, it's a pretty lame award. Not bagging Swann or the team, just that it really isn't as big of a deal as say MVP of the year etc.

Posted by Baba on (April 20, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

dont compare swann with kp... its like comparing swan with sparrow... swann is real fighter and gives his 100 and is always in news for good reasons and is just opposite .. he just need fame and money thats what hi is getting now in IPL... i just wanna know if there is a single incident where swann is involved but for KP u can count as many as u want... its really good for england he is not a captain... otherwise england would have not been where it is now... happy to see england performing good curtesy team work...

Posted by Damo on (April 20, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Swann is a great spinner for England. He has been doing his job very well and has been rewarded for it. Thats all England supporters care about. is he the best? Who cares. Imagine how good he coudl be if he developed a doosra

Posted by Paul on (April 20, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

While I wouldn't say Swann's the best spinner in the world (fair play to Ajmal, he's earnt that particular accolade), it has to be said that for what he is - an orthodox off-spinner bowling on covered wickets (albeit with the help of DRS) - he gets tremendous returns. He puts good revs on the ball, uses flight and guile, and likes to attack. It's good to see him revive an art that had long been thought dead.

Posted by Vivian on (April 20, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

I enjoy Swann bowling because he doesn't have fancy stuff and doesn't claim to have those either. If RD were a bowler, he'd probably be like Swann.

Posted by Maurice on (April 20, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Hey I am Sri lankan, but I have always admired Swanny and his ability to bowl attackingly on any type of wicket, without variations to his action, even when the English administration did not have faith in him and he was in cold storage. Keep on going man, to one can beat you in the spin world in todays game

Posted by Sandy on (April 20, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

For all those who doubt Swanns abilities, a certain Mr SUnil Gavaskar had this to say in his column last week : " Without doubt, Swanns the premier spinner in the world today, and he takes his wickets without the doosras and so-called teesras, and relies on flight, guile and turn". Case closed fellows! Back to your back-office work :)

Posted by John on (April 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

@rett on (April 19 2012, 13:21 PM GMT)Yes the Pak test series was a mare and the SL series was not great , even though it was drawn with Eng in the ascendancy. But this award was apparrently across all 3 formats and while you remember the 3-0 defeat - which we all do and still lament - you forget the OD 4-0 win and the 2-1 win in the T20s. Anyway thanks for your Most Valuable Comments

Posted by John on (April 19, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

@anuradha_d on (April 19 2012, 09:20 AM GMT) JA also had a decent tour as did Broad and Monty. This was across all 3 formats and Swann was excellent in nthe ODIs and T20s and came on strong in the SL series. Yes he had a slow start but was never likely to be dropped

Posted by Matthew on (April 19, 2012, 13:21 GMT)

England's winter most valuable player-there is an award for this? What's next? After a three nil drubbing against Pakistan and a drawn series against Sri Lanka the world's number one test team have an award for their most valuable player? Change "most valuable" to "least humiliated" and the award would at least have some reflection of reality.

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