Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow among cricketers of year

Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow in action on day two of the second Test between South Africa and England on January 3, 2016
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England duo Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow make Wisden's top five cricketers of the year for 2015.

England's Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow have been named in Wisden's top five cricketers of the year.

All-rounder Stokes, who was part of the side that claimed back The Ashes last summer and reached the World Twenty20 final in India, was praised by the annual publication for "a string of match-changing performances".

Teammate Bairstow also made the list after his impressive form for Yorkshire last summer earned him a recall to the England squad midway through the Ashes campaign.

The top five is rounded out by Steve Smith of Australia and New Zealand duo Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson, with Williamson being named leading cricketer of the year having "confirmed himself as one of the talents of his generation" in 2015.

Trent Boult of New Zealand celebrates taking the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka during the One Day International match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at University Oval on January 23, 2015
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