Michale Clarke is World No 2
Dubai (Agencies): Australia skipper Michael Clarke has gained three positions to jump to number two in the latest ICC Test rankings, which is headed...
Dubai (Agencies): Australia skipper Michael Clarke has gained three positions to jump to number two in the latest ICC Test rankings, which is headed by South Africa's Hashim Amla. Clarke scored a splendid 187 in the drawn third Test against England at the Old Trafford to win the Man of the Match award. His 24th Test century brought Australia close to winning the third Test before rain came to England's rescue as the hosts secured a draw to retain the Ashes.
Cheteshwar Pujara continues to be the only Indian batsman in the top-20 list as he has managed to maintain his sixth spot, while off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the highest-ranked bowler at number eight. With 777 points to his credit, right-handed batsman Pujara is the lone Indian to be figuring in the table. Australia may have lost all chances of reclaiming the Ashes, but for Clarke the Old Trafford Test provided significant numbers which he can use to inspire his teammates.
Australia all-rounder Steven Smith is now 48th after gaining 14 places while wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is in 49th place.
In the Test bowlers' rankings, Australia paceman Ryan Harris is the biggest mover as he has jumped four places to achieve a career-best 11th rank. England off-spinner Graeme Swann's match figures of six for 233 has put him ahead of team-mate James Anderson in sixth position.