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INF World Rankings

Based on matches up to 24th January 2016

 

Ranking Team Played Weighted Points Rating  
           
1 Australia 47 38 7,559 199
2 New Zealand 50 41 7,495 183
3 England 63 50 8,224 164
4 Jamaica 34 26 3,902 150
5 South Africa 48 35 4,759 136
6 Malawi 32 24 3,254 136
7 Fiji 32 24 2,853 119
8 Wales 32 26 3,020 116
9 Trinidad & Tobago 42 35 3,475 99
10 Scotland 43 32 2,986 93
11 Barbados 33 27 2,497 92
12 Northern Ireland 38 28 2,569 92
13 Uganda 22 18 1,570 87
14 Samoa 32 26 2,130 82
15 Papua New Guinea 32 24 1,451 60
16 Singapore 51 39 2,215 57
17 Zambia 24 20 1,111 56
18 St Lucia 17 12 595 50
19 Canada 19 14 665 48
20 Botswana 30 25 1,183 47
21 Zimbabwe 11 10 457 46
22 Malaysia 30 22 903 41
23 Cook Islands 21 13 498 38
24 Sri Lanka 30 21 714 34
25 USA 21 14 434 31
26 Ireland 32 22 539 25
27 Hong Kong 17 12 291 24
28 Switzerland 13 12 163 14
29 Swaziland 11 10 86 9
30 Grenada 13 10 82 8
31 Bermuda 13 7 21 3
32 Namibia 14 10 9 1
33 Chinese Taipei 9 9 0 0
34 Thailand 8 7 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 1st April 2016 and includes matches up to 24th January 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 2014 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2012-June 2014) 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
  • Gibraltar
  • India
  • Maldives
  • Pakistan
  • Malta
  • Vanuatu
  • Tanzania
  • 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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