[google-translator]

Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 30th June, 2018
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia42306347212
2flag3England46356087174
3flag2New Zealand54396715172
4flag4Jamaica28203283164
5flag5South Africa36253552142
6flag6Malawi28212601124
7ugandaUganda26182067115
8northern-irelandNorthern Ireland28202219111
9flag10Scotland27212326111
10bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago11658998
11flag8Wales3022213397
12photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados2718168694
13zimbabweZimbabwe1813109584
14fijiFiji3327225483
15samoaSamoa2014112981
16Cook Islands151391570
17zambiaZambia2818119066
18papuaPapua New Guinea211489764
19irelandIreland3625122949
20swazilandSwaziland101044945
21singapore-flagSingapore4329112539
22botswanaBotswana231557338
23grenadaGrenada131139236
24canadaCanada12827434
25malaysiaMalaysia141239833
26sri-lankaSri Lanka11614725
27hong-kongHong Kong191534223
28namibiaNamibia141124923
29berumdaBermuda848020
30Tonga11917219
31gibraltarGibraltar14916518
32st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten84369
33255px-flag_of_the_republic_of_china-svg_1_23x16Chinese Taipei84256
34israelIsrael14900
35switzerlandSwitzerland11600

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 July 2018 and includes matches up to 30th June 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 2017 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2015-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:

  • Argentina
  • Cayman Islands
  • Maldives
  • St Vincent & Grenadines
  • St Lucia
  • Vanuatu
  • Thailand
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • USA
  • Isle of Man
  • UAE
  • Malta

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.

NEWSLETTER Keep up to date with the latest news and events from INF.