Kallis could only manage six runs in his sole innings in the second Test against New Zealand before missing the third match while Sangakkara scored a duck and 14 in his country’s 75-run first-Test victory over England on Thursday.
As a result Kallis moved down to third and Sangakkara slipped to fourth position.
But their misfortune is Clarke’s gain and he now joins Kallis’ team-mate AB de Villiers atop the rankings.
De Villiers hit 189 runs at 63.00 in his last three innings in New Zealand and that was enough for him to jump up four spots and reach the summit along with Clarke.
Ricky Ponting (16th), Mike Hussey (17th) and Shane Watson (28th) have all maintained their positions.
Meanwhile, Peter Siddle also made the most of the poor form of one of his contemporaries, in this case English paceman Stuart Broad, to move up another place to fourth on the Test bowling rankings.
Broad could only manage match figures of 2-104 against Sri Lanka in Galle and as a result he has dropped from fourth to sixth.
South African Vernon Philander was the bolter, ascending 11 spots to fifth after claiming 16 wickets at 14.00 in their series with the Black Caps.
The performance continued Philander’s phenomenal start to his career which has seen him claim 51 scalps in just his first seven matches.
Philander’s team-mate Dale Steyn remains the world’s best bowler. (Sportal.co.nz)