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INF World Rankings

Based on matches up to 19th September 2014

 

Ranking Team Played Weighted Points Rating  
           
1 Australia 38 26 5,046 194
2 New Zealand 37 27 4,845 179
3 England 51 34 5,464 161
4 Jamaica 32 21 3,027 144
5 Malawi 34 24 3,288 137
6 South Africa 43 29 3,884 134
7 Fiji 32 22 2,666 121
8 Wales 30 21 2,339 111
9 Trinidad & Tobago 32 26 2,549 98
10 Barbados 34 26 2,541 98
11 Northern Ireland 35 27 2,482 92
12 Scotland 35 27 2,472 92
13 Uganda 14 12 999 83
14 Samoa 21 14 1,122 80
15 Tanzania 11 6 457 76
16 Botswana 27 18 1,012 56
17 Papua New Guinea 26 20 1,115 56
18 Zambia 18 12 658 55
19 Singapore 40 28 1,507 54
20 St Lucia 17 14 648 46
21 Canada 16 13 571 44
22 Cook Islands 19 14 597 43
23 Malaysia 33 20 816 41
24 Sri Lanka 34 23 781 34
25 Zimbabwe 13 9 249 28
26 USA 21 16 378 24
27 Hong Kong 17 12 258 22
28 Ireland 28 19 352 19
29 Grenada 13 10 81 8
30 Namibia 20 13 93 7
31 Swaziland 8 7 25 4
32 = Switzerland 11 6 0 0
32 = Gibraltar 11 6 0 0
32 = Bermuda 13 8 0 0
35= Malta 8 4 0 0
35= Israel 8 4 0 0
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This rankings system was developed for the INF by statistician David Kendix.

The first list was published on 11 February 2008. The latest list has been updated on 23rd October 2014 and includes matches up to 19th September 2014. The ranking list relates to senior teams of member countries that are playing regular international test matches. To find out more about how the system works read below and click here for Frequently Asked Questions.

Ranking and Rating  A rating is a measure of the average performance of a team over a series of matches. Each team earns a certain number of points from each international match. Their rating is the total number of points earned divided by the number of matches played. The team with the highest rating is ranked first in the world. The next highest rating is ranked second and so on.

Weighting Matches played a long time ago are a poorer guide to current form than more recent results. Therefore past results are weighted, giving a lower weighting to earlier results. For the purposes of this list, matches played since July 2013 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2011-June 2013) have a weighting of 50%. Earlier matches are not directly included in the ratings at all. 

Each July, the oldest year of results will drop out of the ratings and the weightings redistributed. This is the one annual occasion when the rankings list could alter other than through a match being played. 

Points:

The number of points earned by a team for any match depends on two factors. The result (won, tied or lost) and the opponent against whom the result was achieved. The higher an opponent’s rating the more points are earned for beating them.

If a team wins a match they will earn 50 points more than their opponent’s rating.  But if they lose, they will earn 50 points less than their opponent’s rating.  Worked numerical examples appear in the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Rating Period:

It is not meaningful for a team to claim a world ranking if they have only played a small number of matches. As soon as a team has played eight International test matches over the rating period then they will have earned an official world ranking. If a team has played fewer than eight matches, they will still have a rating, but without a corresponding ranking.  To have a ranking the team must have played at least 2 games against a rated team.
 
The following teams currently have a rating in the system and could become ranked once they have played 8 matches:

  • Argentina
  • Cayman Islands
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Lesotho
  • Pakistan
  • Thailand
  • Chinese Taipei

 

The INF World Rankings were reviewed at the INF Board Meeting in June 2012, with David Kendix, Statistician, who was retained by the INF to develop the ranking methodology in 2007.

Following a detailed discussion the Board was satisfied that we have a robust and reliable rankings system that presents a true reflection of the quality and standing of the performances of international teams and that this system can be used with confidence for qualification purposes.


Any country that is playing international Test Matches should contact the INF Secretariat

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