Michael Clarke: The No. 1 Test Batsman in the World

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 30, 2012

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 05:  Michael Clarke of Australia celebrates his triple century during day three of the Second Test Match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 5, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)
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Michael Clarke is now ranked as the No. 1 batsman in test cricket.

The Australian captain took over the top of the ICC rankings last night as new figures were released.

Clarke is currently on 821 points, and leads South African batsman A.B. de Villiers on a count-back. Countrymen Jacques Kallis is two points behind the pair with 819 points.

His surge to the top the of the leaderboard can be attested to his dominant summer, where he notched up an incredible 626 runs in just six innings at an average of over 125.

Clarke's 329 not out was not only the highlight of the summer, but one of the finest moments of his career as he looked like the greatest batsman in the world, which the new rankings show to be the case.

Speaking on his latest achievement, Clarke said:

It's been a great 12 months... we've obviously played some outstanding cricket. Overall, we've grown as a team, I think we've come a long way...

The Australian's test career has been littered with spectacular moments, and is closing in on 6,000 test runs and 20 centuries.

His latest achievement though—being ranked as the No. 1 test batsman in the world—must surely rate as high, or even higher, than any other moments in his career so far.


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