A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Michael Clarke shoots to top of the ICC Test batsmen rankings after sparkling performances against South Africa

This is the third time Clarke has topped the ICC Test batsmen rankings

Australia Test captain Michael Clarke has once again re-established himself as the world’s greatest Test batsman after scoring two double hundreds in the recently concluded three-Test series against South Africa.

Clarke has topped the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test batsmen rankings on two previous occasions, the first coming in August 2009, when he scored two centuries in the Ashes series against arch-rivals England and the second time was in January of this year after he made his career best score of 329 and followed that with a double century against India.

Clarke also became the first batsman in Test cricket history to score four double hundreds in one year and he has surprised everyone with his outstanding form since he begun the year in 20th place.

However, Clarke must ensure that he keeps the runs flowing since West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul is hot on his trail after scoring a double hundred and 150 in the team’s 2-0 victory over Bangladesh.

Chanderpaul’s team-mate Marlon Samuels has broken into the top 20 for the first time in his international career after smashing a career best score of 260 in the first innings of the second Test against Bangladesh.

Meanwhile England batsman Alastair Cook shot up to fourth place for his three centuries against India in his maiden Test series as captain of the national team.

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