In one of the more obvious choices for Player of the Week, where we cannot ignore the Australian skipper's brilliance in favour of someone else, Michael Clarke gets our gong for his wonderful double ton.

Clarke's 259 not out against South Africa at the Gabba, the venue's highest Test score by any nation's batsman, was a demonstration in class and temperament, and had the second day not been rained out, it may have been enough to secure a win rather than a draw.

Clarke came in to bat with his side in a spot of bother, three wickets down for 40, and chasing the Proteas's 450. Quiney had stumbled on debut, Warner's big hitting failed to materialise and Punter did his critics a favour by going out for a duck.

But Pup came in and showed why he is top dog is the Oz dressing room (LOL? No? Sorry...), and he and Ed Cowan quickly set about disabusing the Proteas of the notion that they had the game under control, putting on a stand of, oddly enough, 259.

Once Cowan had departed for his maiden ton of 136 (honourable mention!), Michael Hussey joined the Clarke party as they batted as though it was an ODI in Brisbane. They added another 228 to the tally and declared on 565 on day five.

It was Clarke's third double ton of the year, in only 11 innings, but it was only his second score above fifty since his last 200, in January against India. It was a crucial time to score it, put some doubt in the minds of the Proteas fast bowlers, and make a run for that top Test ranking.

Next stop: Adelaide, the site of his previous 200. No pressure.

Lindsay du Plessis