ASHES 2013: No.1 spot realistic, says Hussey

FORMER Test star Mike Hussey believes Australia’s goal of reclaiming the No.1 Test ranking is a realistic one following a summer of domination over England.

A 5-0 sweep of their Ashes rivals would lift Australia, fifth in the world, into third on the ICC Test rankings heading into their next series — away to the top-ranked South Africans in February.

Michael Clarke’s men, should they keep up their current level of success, could feasibly soar up the rankings and achieve his goal of taking the mantle of the best Test team on the planet once again.

Prior to the Perth Test, holding a 2-0 Ashes lead, Clarke reiterated his desire to lead Australia to the top of the ICC rankings once again.

Despite going nine Tests without tasting victory this year, Hussey is confident based on the form shown this summer it is an attainable target — especially if it is one the tenacious Clarke has set his sights on.

“Without doubt … if that’s what the team goal is, and certainly when I was playing that’s what Michael’s goal for the team was,” Hussey said yesterday.

“Knowing Michael and how determined he is, he won’t let anything stand in the way until he’s done that.”

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