Clarke, who inspired his side to victories over England and South Africa in the past season, received the mace in Brisbane on Wednesday at a training camp for the upcoming season.

This is the first time since August 2009 that the mace is in the possession of Australia.
After receiving the mace, a delighted Clarke said, "Having the mace back on Australian soil is something that brings us a great amount of pride. It is a great achievement by everyone involved with the team – our support staff, our families, the staff at Cricket Australia and our fans who have supported us through a couple of really tough years.”

Clarke believed Test cricket remained the ultimate challenge for any cricketer.
"Test cricket truly is a 'test'. It requires stamina, skill, patience, fitness and the ability to adapt to different conditions and opponents. It is still the purest form of cricket and I don't think there would be a young cricketer in this country that wouldn't want to represent Australia and wear the Baggy Green in a Test match," said Clarke.
Australia achieved the number-one position after the annual update of the Reliance Test Team Rankings Table on May 1st. Australia is now on 123 ratings points, level with South Africa, however, when ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point, Michael Clarke's side is ranked ahead of South Africa by a fraction of a point.
South Africa is scheduled to play two Test matches against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka in July. Should it win both Tests, then it will reclaim the top spot.


Latest News from Sports News Desk