Apr 092013

Australia captain Michael Clarke has been named the Leading Cricketer in the World by annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

Clarke has become the third Australian to win the award after Ricky Ponting (2003) and Shane Warne (2004), with Wisden selecting the 32-year-old for his impressive batting during 2012, which saw him score 1,595 Test runs.

“I feel very honoured to be named as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World,” Clarke said in a statement released by Wisden.

“Given the esteemed history and tradition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack it is a very humbling accolade and one that I hold in the highest regard.”

South Africans Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis and Dale Steyn, as well as Marlon Samuels of the West Indies and England’s Nick Compton were named as Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year.

Wisden selected Clarke as the Leading Cricketer in the World after he topped the Test runs table last year, 350 runs ahead of England’s Alastair Cook.

Clarke started 2012 with his record-breaking 329 not out against India in Sydney, while he also notched three double centuries, including two in succession against South Africa in November.

First Posted 10 April, 2013 12:00AM AEDT

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