Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 8th February 2017
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia45357277208
2flag2New Zealand56437998186
3flag3England57406470162
4flag4Jamaica27213187152
5flag5South Africa42324427138
6flag6Malawi23162186137
7flag7Fiji27202348117
8flag8Wales34252813113
9flag9Trinidad & Tobago35222208100
10flag10Scotland3826251897
11northern-irelandNorthern Ireland3523205689
12photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados2617149788
13ugandaUganda2015125384
14samoaSamoa2619158383
15zambiaZambia2218129672
16papuaPapua New Guinea3525162065
17zimbabweZimbabwe11741059
18botswanaBotswana2920110155
19malaysiaMalaysia191158353
20singapore-flagSingapore5038198552
21st-luciaSt Lucia13836746
22grenadaGrenada11834944
23cook-islandsCook Islands141035636
24irelandIreland322272433
25canadaCanada181442530
26hong-kongHong Kong161132630
27sri-lankaSri Lanka231745627
28usaUSA151016116
29thialandThailand1078512
30swazilandSwaziland844812
31st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten88719
32gibraltarGibraltar87619
33maltaMalta86346
34chineseChinese Taipei1311505
35switzerlandSwitzerland1411484
36argentinaArgentina8500

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 22 February 2017 and includes matches up to 8th February 2017. 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.

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.

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
  • Vanuatu
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • 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.

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