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Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 23rd October 2016
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia43305,966199
2flag2New Zealand57407,408185
3flag3England59427,483178
4flag4Jamaica34264,537175
5flag5South Africa64528,123156
6ugandaUganda51425,287126
7Malawi52435,362125
8flag10Scotland24171,972116
9flag8Wales26192,062109
10bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago22181,77399
11northern-ireland Northern Ireland28222,13497
12zimbabweZimbabwe44363,16888
13photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados26181,46181
14Cook Islands19141,13181
15samoaSamoa18141,01172
16fijiFiji30191,33270
17zambiaZambia36281,81865
18sri-lankaSri Lanka141165459
19sri-lankaTonga9633656
20St Lucia11632053
21St Vincent & Grenadines191049149
22namibiaNamibia42341,66749
23grenadaGrenada241362848
24malaysiaMalaysia221354142
25Cayman Islands171249541
26irelandIreland292077139
27irelandIsle of Man181453038
28canadaCanada161035435
29UAE13931735
30Antigua & Barbuda191552335
31botswanaBotswana312378834
32singapore-flagSingapore402983529
33hong-kongHong Kong201023223
34gibraltar Gibraltar201328522
35papuaPapua New Guinea151225121
36St Kitts & Nevis669716
37USA1077911
38Dominica84297
39Kenya25221145
40 width=Tanzania 8800
40Lesotho6600
40israelIsrael9500
40Thailand12800
40st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten181500
40Argentina7400

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 24th November 2016 and includes matches up to 23rd October 2016. 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
  • St Maarten
  • 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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