Apr 30 2012
Australia moves into third in Test rankings
Australia has reclaimed third spot on the ICC Test rankings after its 2-0 series win over the West Indies.
The Aussies have closed within four ranking points of both England and South Africa, as they continue push to regain the coveted number-one position.
Australia leapfrogged India by one ranking point following Michael Clarke’s successful first year as captain.
Clarke's men generated nine wins, three draws and only two losses from 14 Tests to complete a fruitful 12 months.
The skipper is optimistic, yet realistic, when it comes to his team’s climb up the world rankings ladder.
“We as players don't consider ourselves as the number one Test team, but we know that is a goal we're working to,” Clarke said.
"I still think we have a lot of improvement to become the number one team.
"It's not just about one series or one summer. It's about consistency over a period of time that gets you to number one team in the world so, like I say, that's part of our planning.
The 31-year-old capped off an impressive year in style, claiming 5-85 to lead his side to a 75-run victory in the Third and final Test in Dominica.
"I've really enjoyed it (the captaincy). I've been very lucky to have some other great leaders around me, as well as wonderful support staff. The captain is only as good as his stock."
Australia’s next Test series begins in November, when they host South Africa in three matches – another great opportunity for Clarke’s team to close the gap between them and the Proteas.