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Cricket | International

Clarke takes over as No 1 test batsman



Australian captain Michael Clarke has regained his ranking as the world's No 1 test batsman after his record-breaking performance in the second test against South Africa.

The 31-year-old's masterly 230 in the first innings of the drawn Adelaide test was his fourth double ton of the year -- a feat that saw him become the first batsman in test history to post four 200s in a calendar year.

In the latest ICC rankings released late on Monday, Clarke leapfrogged Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and South Africa duo Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis.

It is the third time Clarke has moved to the top of the table, having first achieved the ranking in August 2009 and then again surging to the summit in March-April this year.

Both times his stay was brief, which could prove to be the case again.

He leads Sangakkara by a slender 10 rating points margin and if the Sri Lankan manages a strong performance in the second innings of the ongoing test against New Zealand in Colombo, he could reclaim the coveted spot.

Clarke began the year in 20th position and has surged through the rankings by scoring 1 309 runs to date at an average of 119.

Despite struggling for top form in Australia so far, Proteas quick Dale Steyn held his No 1 test bowling ranking ahead of Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal and South African Vernon Philander, who missed the Adelaide test due to injury.

The drawn test in Adelaide means Australia must win in the final Perth showdown starting on Friday to take the world No 1 ranking from South Africa.

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