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INF World Rankings

Based on matches up to 1st July 2014

 

Ranking Team Played Weighted Points Rating  
           
1 Australia 31 19 3,597 189
2 New Zealand 30 20 3,544 177
3 England 44 27 4,397 163
4 Jamaica 25 14 1,923 137
5 Malawi 28 18 2,450 136
6 South Africa 37 23 3,092 134
7 Fiji 32 22 2,666 121
8 Wales 24 15 1,708 114
9 Barbados 22 14 1,470 105
10 Trinidad & Tobago 20 14 1,359 97
11 Scotland 29 21 1,939 92
12 Northern Ireland 29 21 1,844 88
13 Samoa 21 14 1,122 80
14 Tanzania 11 6 457 76
15 Uganda 9 7 523 75
16 Botswana 22 13 775 60
17 Papua New Guinea 26 20 1,115 56
18 St Lucia 11 8 413 52
19 Singapore 36 24 1,188 50
20 Canada 10 7 337 48
21 Malaysia 29 16 707 44
22 Zambia 13 7 307 44
23 Cook Islands 19 14 597 43
24 Sri Lanka 30 19 554 29
25 Hong Kong 13 8 213 27
26 Zimbabwe 8 4 98 25
27 Namibia 15 8 170 21
28 Ireland 28 19 352 19
29 USA 15 10 114 11
30 = Switzerland 11 6 0 0
30 = Gibraltar 11 6 0 0
30 = Bermuda 13 8 0 0
33 = Malta 8 4 0 0
33 = 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 1st July and includes matches up to 1st July 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:

  • India
  • Maldives
  • Lesotho
  • Pakistan
  • Swaziland
  • Thailand
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Grenada

 

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.


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