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INF World Rankings

Based on matches up to 23rd October 2016

 

Ranking Team Played Weighted Points Rating  
           
1 Australia 42 32 6,607 206
2 New Zealand 51 38 7,042 185
3 England 51 34 5,596 165
4 Jamaica 24 18 2,645 147
5 South Africa 39 29 4.057 140
6 Malawi 23 16 2,186 137
7 Fiji 27 20 2,348 117
8 Wales 32 23 2,607 113
9 Trinidad & Tobago 35 22 2,208 100
10 Scotland 38 26 2,518 97
11 Northern Ireland 35 23 2,056 89
12 Barbados 26 17 1,497 88
13 Uganda 20 15 1,253 84
14 Samoa 26 19 1,583 83
15 Zambia 22 18 1,296 72
16 Papua New Guinea 35 25 1,620 65
17 Zimbabwe 11 7 410 59
18 Botswana 29 20 1,101 55
19 Malaysia 19 11 583 53
20 Singapore 50 38 1,985 52
21 Grenada 11 8 349 44
22 Cook Islands 14 10 356 36
23 St Lucia 10 5 170 34
24 Ireland 32 22 724 33
25 Canada 18 14 425 30
26 Hong Kong 16 11 326 30
27 Sri Lanka 23 17 456 27
28 USA 15 10 161 16
29 Thailand 10 7 85 12
30 Swaziland 8 4 48 12
31 Gibraltar 8 7 61 9
32 Malta 8 6 34 6
33 Chinese Taipei 13 11 50 5
34 Switzerland  14 11 48 4
35 Argentina 8 5 0 0
           

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 24th November 2016 and includes matches up to 23rd October 2016. 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 2015 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2013-June 2015) 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:

  • Bermuda
  • Cayman Islands
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Namibia
  • St Maarten
  • Vanuatu
  • Israel
  • Tonga

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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Saturday, 10 December 2016
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