Written by News 1st
05 Jun, 2014 | 7:18 am
Back on top … Michael Clarke holds the Reliance ICC Test mace during a presentation at Cricket Australia Centre of Excellence on Wednesday in Brisbane.
Australian Cricket captain, Michael Clarke got his hands on the ICC Test mace, proof that his side is the number-one ranked Test side in the world.
Australia returned to the top of the test rankings for the first time since August 2009 in May after sweeping an Ashes series and beating previous incumbents South Africa in their own backyard over the last six months.
The Proteas, who had topped the rankings since displacing England in August 2012, slipped below Australia after the results from the 2010-11 season were dropped from the calculations.
“It’s obviously very special, I’ve spoken about that in the last couple of weeks. It’s a fantastic achievement from the team, that’s for sure but I think as we discussed the start of this week we still see a huge room for improvement as a team. We’ve done well to get there but a lot of work still to get to where we want to get to as a team,” said Clarke.
The Australians have also retained their top ranking in one-day internationals ahead of India, who have fallen from third to fifth in the test rankings behind the top two nations as well as England and Pakistan.
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