Smith surprisingly retired in March (©GettyImages).

Top 7: Best batsmen in world cricket (1)

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A series of great batsmen have retired over the past year – Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Jacques Kallis and most recently Graeme Smith.

Kevin Pietersen has been banished from the international game by the ECB and Alastair Cook. How much has this impacted the quality left for fans to admire and hopelessly attempt to replicate?

Clink on either above or below to see the top seven batsman in batting order and comment if you agree or are outraged by a missing player...

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Hashim Amla
AB de Villiers
Kevin Pietersen
England cricket
Michael Clarke

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