Clarke ranked best batsman in world


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    Australia captain Michael Clarke’s sparkling form with the willow was rewarded with the No.1 spot on the International Cricket Council’s batsmen rankings.

    The ICC released their updated rankings on Friday, with Clarke and South Africa’s AB de Villiers sharing top spot on the batting list.

    Clarke, who will return from a hamstring injury on Australia’s Test tour of the West Indies, shot to the top due to his tally of 626 runs in his side’s 4-0 home Test series rout of India.

    It is the second time Clarke has headed the batting table, having first topped the batting list in August 2009 after he scored 93 against England in Australia’s victory by an innings and 80 runs in the Leeds Test.

    Shane Watson’s successful return from injury lifted him to No.4 on the allrounder rankings, while Peter Siddle advanced one place to be the fourth-best bowler.

    Australia have a chance to gain, at least, one place on the Test rankings when they take on the West Indies in the three-Test series starting in Bridgetown on April 7.

    A series win will lift Australia ahead of India in third position, while a 3-0 series win will put Australia on equal points with England – if England loses 2-0 to Sri Lanka.

    Proteas spearhead Dale Steyn remained the No.1-ranked bowler, but compatriot Vernon Philander jumped 11 places to a career-best fifth position.

    Philander claimed match figures of 10-114 in Hamilton and 6-110 in Wellington in his side’s Test series win over New Zealand.

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    • April 2nd 2012 @ 11:12am
      jameswm said | April 2nd 2012 @ 11:12am | ! Report

      Siddle is up to no.4? And to think a lot of Aussies wouldn’t have him in the test team.

      I think he and Pattinson are safe, and you’ve got Hilfy and Harris fighting for the 3rd quicks slot.

      Can there be three better all rounders than Watto? Kallis I guess, who are the others? I’ll have to have a look.

      Al Hasan is 1, Kallis is 2 and Broad is 3.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 2:17pm
      Johnno said | April 2nd 2012 @ 2:17pm | ! Report

      That i find hard to believe Clarke is the no 1 batsmen in the world. Some said he was in danger of losing his spot before the season started let alone being the no 1 test batsmen in the world. I hope whoo ever decides these rankings has been accurate with the stats becoz i do find that hard to believe Clarke being no1 . What about Kallis, and some of the top sir lankan and Indian batsmen , very hard to believe that pup is the no 1 test batsmen in World cricket.

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        April 2nd 2012 @ 2:25pm
        Brett McKay said | April 2nd 2012 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

        Johnno, did you watch any of the Tests this summer?? Clarke had a pretty decent time at it..

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 2:35pm
      Johnno said | April 2nd 2012 @ 2:35pm | ! Report

      i did watch the summer Brett.
      Yes but brett what about the Indian and Sri Lankan batsman, where is the respect for the wristy and elegant strokemakers of the sub continent in these rankings , not enough respect to be no 1 it seems Brett.
      Players like Dilshan are what cricket romantics love to watch, not the rough and tumble style of our pup from west sydney,
      I thought the people who do these ratings would look more favourable upon the Dilishan, Chanderpual, and Sarwan type of batsmen.

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        April 2nd 2012 @ 3:17pm
        Brett McKay said | April 2nd 2012 @ 3:17pm | ! Report

        As you would like to think Johnno, actual runs scored on the field tends to rate higher than general appearance. And besides that, Clarke’s strokeplay was essentially a season-long highlights package – it’s not as if all 626 of his runs were nicked between second and third slip…

        • April 2nd 2012 @ 6:50pm
          JohnB said | April 2nd 2012 @ 6:50pm | ! Report

          Clarke also played some good knocks against SL, Sth Africa and NZ, although his overall figures in those series were in the 40s (SL, SA) and 50s (NZ).

          Dilshan – averaged in the 20s in 4 of his last 5 test series (a great average of 84 in 2 tests v England in 2011 breaking up that sequence, including his only century across those 5 series). You’re going to have to look pretty darn amazing to be number 1 with those stats!

          Chanderpaul – terrific player but a purist’s nightmare so you can only be judging him on results and/or grit. He’s played consistently, without really dominating, since a very good series averaging 75 against Sth Africa in 2010. Not a clear case to be number 1. His real purple patch (when he was ranked 1) was a couple of years before that (a span of 6 series averaging more than 100 three times, including against Australia and England, 80 odd against Sth Africa, 60 and in the 40s).

          Sarwan – averaged over 100 against England in 5 tests in 2008-9, and had a good series against Australia and a very good one against SL before that. In 5 series (each only 2 tests) since then, he’s averaged in single figures twice, and in the teens, twenties and thirties once each. Not too sure what he’d need to look like to get a number 1 rating based on those returns.

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 2:51pm
      Pope Paul VII said | April 2nd 2012 @ 2:51pm | ! Report

      Johnno you must be thinking of the Style Council not the International Cricket Council. Some fine exponents you lauded however, Jacques Kallis is about as stylish as an old boot.

      • April 2nd 2012 @ 7:24pm
        Jason said | April 2nd 2012 @ 7:24pm | ! Report

        And about as useful in a quick single….

    • April 2nd 2012 @ 10:19pm
      jonnybok said | April 2nd 2012 @ 10:19pm | ! Report

      Kallis is class, and has the best cover and on drives in the game at the moment. To mock his style shows how little you one-eyed supporters know about cricket. He is also a classic outswing bowler with a heavy bouncer, and reaches 145km/h regularly at an age of 36. clarke is playing well but that Indian bowling attack is a joke without their true leader harbhajan.

      • April 3rd 2012 @ 4:21am
        Lolly said | April 3rd 2012 @ 4:21am | ! Report

        Yes, I agree. He’s a very stylish driver of the ball. I never understand why people think he’s boring, he’s technically rather beautiful to watch.

      • April 3rd 2012 @ 11:12am
        Pope Paul VII said | April 3rd 2012 @ 11:12am | ! Report

        Oh fair enough but he best remembered for his patience in these parts. Anyway one-eyed? Jonnybok?

    • April 3rd 2012 @ 9:16am
      jameswm said | April 3rd 2012 @ 9:16am | ! Report

      How can anyone argue with the rankings?

      It’s all done on stats, with more weight to recent matches getting lighter the further back you go. Weight is also given to whether you’re at home or not and how strong the opposition is.

      It’s a set formula and done solely on performance. Technique and style mean nothing in the end – runs scored are king.

      As for Kallis – sure, he can be boring at times, but sometimes you have to be. You can’t argue with his performance.

      • April 8th 2012 @ 12:53pm
        Jimmy said | April 8th 2012 @ 12:53pm | ! Report

        Pointless trying to explain Kallis’s class. indisputable that he is the greatest everall rounder and probably the finest cricketer ever. Just not flamboyant. For many, many years he had to hold back as a fragile South African batting line up forced him to keep his wicket intact – many time he was the de facto opener. And then he had to bowl as a front line bowler and then he had to concentrate for hours on end as first slip. Imagine that endurance and concentration? Only in the later years did the bowling load lessen and he got some help from other batsmen. Bear in mind,too, that he had to face Warne, Mcgrath and many other great bowlers. I am an Englismen but Kallis is pure class and I doubt we shall see his equal for a very long time.

        • April 9th 2012 @ 1:47am
          amazonfan said | April 9th 2012 @ 1:47am | ! Report

          “indisputable that he is the greatest everall rounder and probably the finest cricketer ever. ”

          Indisputable? I think that Sobers might dispute that. As for being the finest cricketer ever, I don’t think he’s a contender. He wouldn’t make my top 10, and perhaps not my top 20.

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