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Mark Ramprakash

Ramprakash is arguably the most classical batsman in English cricket but never fulfilled his potential at international level.

His county run-making led to several call-ups but he was unable to cement a place in the national team after making his debut against West Indies at Headingley in 1991.

Ramprakash went on to win 52 Test caps and score 2,350 runs, including centuries against West Indies (1998) and Australia (2001), but has not featured since the third Test in New Zealand during 2002.

He started his career at Middlesex, where he played for 11 years, and captained the side in 2000 but moved to Surrey at the end of the year.

Never far from the top of the first-class batting averages, Ramprakash is still highly regarded in county cricket and in 2003 became the first player to score a first-class century against all 18 counties.

A fine fielder in the covers for whom age has done little to dim his athleticism, he was appointed Surrey's vice-captain in 2004 and continued the role in 2005 when he deputised for the injured Mark Butcher for most of the season.

Ramprakash enjoyed the most prolific campaign of his career in 2006, scoring 2,278 first-class runs - including centuries in four successive matches - at an average of 103.54.

He was subsequently voted the Professional Cricketers' Association player of the year and one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the year. That winter he also won BBC1 entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing, reflecting his impressive fitness at 37.

In 2007 Ramprakash passed 2,000 runs for the second successive season and became the first player to average over 100 in consecutive campaigns.

Surrey awarded him a testimonial season in 2008 when he scored his 100th first-class century, against Yorkshire at Headingley Carnegie on August 2.

Further prolific years followed and, despite suffering cruciate knee damage playing football in late 2010, he signed to represent Surrey until the end of the 2012 season.