<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Michael Clarke named 'Cricketer of the Year 2012’ by Wisen" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130312150317.jpg" title="Michael Clarke named 'Cricketer of the Year 2012’ by Wisen" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke had a phenomenal year with the bat in 2012, scoring 1595 runs at an average of 106.33 © Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Sydney: Apr 11, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Australian skipper <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> was named Wisden’s leading cricketer of 2012, becoming the third Australian — after <a href="/tags/Ricky-Ponting/post" target="_blank">Ricky Ponting</a> (2003) and <a href="/tags/Shane-Warne/post" target="_blank">Shane Warne </a>(2004) — to receive the honour.<br /> <br /> Clarke’s effort with the bat in 2012 when he amassed 1595 runs, which included four 200-plus scores at an astonishing average of 106.33 have been rightfully awarded.<br /> <br /> According to <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>, the 150th edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, the historic publication said 2012 praised Clarke’s efforts<br /> <br /> "It began with 329 not out against India, the biggest Test innings ever played at the SCG, curtailed only by his own declaration, with [Don] Bradman's [and Mark Taylor's] highest Test scores of 334 one hit away. A double century followed at Adelaide before, at the start of the 2012-13 season, free-hitting back-to-back doubles against South Africa."<br /> <br /> "He rounded off the year with his first century in a Boxing Day Test, against Sri Lanka. His score, 106, was also his calendar-year average; only Bradman, [Sir Garfield] Sobers and Ponting before him had reached New Year's Eve on such a plane. And his 2012 Test aggregate of 1595 placed him nearly 350 runs clear of his nearest rival, Alastair Cook."<br /> <br /> Clarke said it was an honour to receive the award from Wisden.<br /> <br /> "Given the esteemed history and tradition of the Wisden Cricketers Almanac, it is a very humbling accolade and one that I hold in the highest regard," he said.