Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 28th January, 2018
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia48347251213
2flag2New Zealand59447982181
3flag3England64457377164
4flag4Jamaica27182684149
5flag5South Africa41294041139
6flag6Malawi26182073115
7ugandaUganda22161724108
8northern-irelandNorthern Ireland35252678107
9flag10Scotland34222345107
10flag8Wales36232379103
11photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados30201997100
12fijiFiji2214133996
13bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago3117154591
14zimbabweZimbabwe2319149178
15samoaSamoa2414105275
16zambiaZambia3325185774
17Cook Islands11964171
18papuaPapua New Guinea2316103665
19st-luciaSt Lucia131055656
20singapore-flagSingapore5340198450
21botswanaBotswana3425110144
22irelandIreland4032121338
23swazilandSwaziland181449736
24malaysiaMalaysia272173935
25sri-lankaSri Lanka15929933
26grenadaGrenada151030731
27canadaCanada181438127
28usaUSA13820325
29hong-kongHong Kong221945624
30berumdaBermuda8815920
31gibraltarGibraltar13917620
32st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten88719
33thialandThailand1310687
34255px-flag_of_the_republic_of_china-svg_1_23x16Chinese Taipei139536
35namibiaNamibia1614473
36switzerlandSwitzerland1811182
37maltaMalta8400
38israelIsrael10800
391200px-flag_of_the_cayman_islands-svgCayman Islands9600
40argentinaArgentina8500

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 7th March 2018 and includes matches up to 28th January 2018. 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 2016 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2014-June 2016) 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:

  • India
  • Maldives
  • St Vincent & Grenadines
  • Vanuatu
  • 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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