After a superb summer with the bat, Clarke has gained the top spot on the ICC batsman rankings after his tally of 626 runs.

The updated rankings were released last week and Clarke is sharing the top spot with South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

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.

He is back at No 1 position due to the previous leader, Kumar Sangakkara, making zero and 14 in Sri Lanka’s win over England in Galle.

Clarke believes the past one-year has been fantastic for the Australian team, but feels his team needs to be more consistent.

“It”s been a great 12 months. We’ve obviously played some outstanding cricket, and there have been some patches in the past 12 months where we haven”t been as consistent as we would like,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

“Overall we’ve grown as a team, I think we’ve come a long way,” he added.

Australia continues their pursuit for the world’s No.1 Test ranking when the three-match series in the Caribbean starts next Saturday where he is preparing for the upcoming series.

ICC Batsman Rannkings – Top 10

1     M.J. Clarke
1     A.B. de Villiers
3     J.H. Kallis
4     K.C. Sangakkara
5     Younus Khan
6     S. Chanderpaul
7     T.T. Samaraweera
8     H.M. Amla
9     I.J.L. Trott
10   R.L. Taylor