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INF World Rankings

Based on matches up to 15th February 2015

 

Ranking Team Played Weighted Points Rating  
           
1 Australia 44 32 6,377 199
2 New Zealand 46 36 6,305 175
3 England 61 44 7,041 160
4 Jamaica 35 24 3,562 148
5 Malawi 36 26 3,511 135
6 South Africa 43 29 3,884 134
7 Fiji 35 25 3,024 121
8 Wales 31 22 2,440 111
9 Trinidad & Tobago 32 26 2,549 98
10 Barbados 34 26 2,541 98
11 Scotland 37 29 2,754 95
12 Northern Ireland 37 29 2,567 89
13 Samoa 29 22 1,880 85
14 Uganda 14 12 999 83
15 Tanzania 11 6 457 76
16 Botswana 33 24 1,408 59
17 Singapore 46 34 1,952 57
18 Zambia 18 12 658 55
19 Papua New Guinea 32 26 1,285 49
20 St Lucia 17 14 648 46
21 Canada 16 13 571 44
22 Cook Islands 19 14 597 43
23 Malaysia 39 26 1,036 40
24 Sri Lanka 34 23 781 34
25 Hong Kong 20 15 446 30
26 Zimbabwe 13 9 249 28
26 USA 21 16 378 24
28 Ireland 36 27 476 18
29 Grenada 13 10 81 8
30 Switzerland 14 9 70 8
31 Namibia 20 13 93 7
32 Thailand 8 6 39 7
33 Swaziland 8 7 25 4
34= Gibraltar 14 9 0 0
34= Bermuda 13 8 0 0
36= Malta 8 4 0 0
36= 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 2nd April 2015 and includes matches up to 15th February 2015. 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
  • 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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