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The Cricketer asked many of the leading observers of the game – newspaper correspondents, commentators, ex-players and statisticians – to name their top five England batsmen of all time. We collated the results and have come up with the following order of merit…

We determined the overall ranking by incorporating the following criteria: the number of times a player was selected, the number of times the player was nominated in first place, and then the average position they were nominated in. For example: Hobbs came out top, despite being nominated slightly fewer times than Hutton (18 v 20) as he was nominated as the best batman more times (11 v 5). Sutcliffe was only nominated twice but benefited from a first-place nomination which moved him above a number of players who received more votes (Root, Barrington and May).

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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.