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INF World Rankings

Based on matches up to 2nd April 2014

 

Ranking Team Played Weighted Points Rating  
1 New Zealand 48 34 6,157 181
2 Australia 49 34 6,133 180
3 England 62 45 7,225 161
4 Jamaica 45 31 4,364 141
5 Malawi 34 25 3,391 136
6 South Africa 51 38 5,069 133
7 Fiji 26 17 2,001 118
8 Wales 30 20 2,163 108
9 Barbados 33 23 2,422 105
10 Trinidad & Tobago 34 24 2,399 100
11 Northern Ireland 26 20 1,848 92
12 Scotland 35 26 2,242 86
13 Samoa 25 16 1,164 73
14 Uganda 10 10 688 69
15 St Lucia 16 14 894 64
16 Cook Islands 22 16 995 62
17 Tanzania 22 14 852 61
18 Papua New Guinea 27 18 1,055 59
19 Botswana 29 20 1,166 58
20 Singapore 42 33 1,513 46
21 Malaysia 29 23 1,022 44
22 Zambia 13 11 482 44
23 Canada 15 13 504 39
24 Zimbabwe 13 8 280 35
25 Sri Lanka 33 26 850 33
26 USA 20 18 515 29
27 Hong Kong 13 12 246 21
28 Namibia 26 18 368 20
29 Ireland 25 21 416 20
30 India 15 9 53 6
31 Bermuda 13 13 39 3
32 = Switzerland    11 7 0 0
32 = Lesotho 10 5 0 0
32 = Gibraltar   11 7 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 3rd March and includes matches up to 2nd April 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 2012 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2010-June 2012) 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:

  • Maldives
  • Pakistan
  • Swaziland
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • 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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