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Clarke regains No.1 Test ranking
11:07 AEST Tue Nov 27 2012

Michael Clarke has regained his ranking as the No.1 Test batsman in the world after his record breaking performance in the second Test against South Africa in Adelaide.

The Australian captain has returned to the top of the official ICC rankings on the back of his first innings 230 in the exciting draw.

It was Clarke's fourth double hundred of the year, the first time the feat has been recorded.

The 31-year-old Clarke moved past Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara and South African pair Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis to move into the top spot.

It is the third time in his career Clarke has been rated as the best batsman in Test cricket.

He first claimed the top spot in August 2009 and again earlier this year.

On the back of yet another hundred in Adelaide Mike Hussey is the second highest ranked Australia batsman behind Clarke in 12th spot.

Ricky Ponting, whose future remains the source of much conjecture following three successive failures against South Africa, is the next Australia batsman in 24th position.

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 a back injury.

Ben Hilfenhaus is rated as the leading Australian Test bowler in 7th place. The tireless Peter Siddle is the other Aussie in the top 10 at No.9