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We asked a panel of 27 experts, including five former England captains, to pick their top five… and you can also have your say. By Simon Hughes

The art of batsmanship has scaled new heights in the last five years. Run-rates in all formats are soaring (England’s Test runrate has recently jumped 25 per cent higher, and in ODIs they set a world-record total of 444 for 3 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge in 2016 and regularly rattle along at seven an over). Prompted chiefly by T20, new shots are constantly being unfurled. Batting has become like social media – so many ways to express yourself on so many different_platforms.

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England’s greatest batsmen – we asked 27 experts to name their top 5, and collated the results. There are some fascinating choices! The superb Simon Barnes, with the best turn of phrase in sports journalism, on England’s year so far. The feisty Jarrod Kimber on the state of play in Australian cricket. The elegant and massively under-rated David Townsend on Adelaide Oval. A lovely piece on the greatness of Dennis Lillee, by Simon Hughes. A forensic look at the problems at Sussex, by the man in the know, Bruce Talbot.