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Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 23rd October 2016
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia44336,601200
2flag2New Zealand52397,560194
3flag3England53386,872181
4flag4Jamaica42346,109180
5flag5South Africa68528,178157
6Malawi56455,692126
7ugandaUganda58475,755122
8flag10Tonga15141,664119
9flag8Wales30
263,056118
10flag10Scotland21171,937114
11bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago36272,67299
12northern-ireland Northern Ireland27211,88090
13zimbabweZimbabwe49373,11784
14photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados36292,41983
15fijiFiji22171,29176
16sri-lankaSri Lanka21141,04074
17zambiaZambia35271,90370
18samoaSamoa22171,16669
19Cook Islands13960167
20St Vincent & Grenadines28211,30962
21grenadaGrenada241694759
22Philippines6633756
23namibiaNamibia46381,81448
24irelandIreland282190843
25irelandIsle of Man27251,07843
26St Lucia201767240
27malaysiaMalaysia201452538
28UAE141243336
29canadaEswatini6621035
30singapore-flagSingapore352274834
31botswanaBotswana292169833
32canadaCanada13723233
33USA181334727
34hong-kongBrunei6615025
35Antigua & Barbuda322552121
36singapore-flagMalta9918020
37Cayman Islands272039620
38gibraltar Gibraltar292445719
39gibraltar India7610017
40Kenya302438016
41hong-kongHong Kong161116515
42papuaPapua New Guinea201618111
43Dominica139597
44Israel 108506
45 width=Tanzania 1515554
46Lesotho6300
46Chinese Taipei9700
46St Kitts & Nevis11800
46Thailand10600
46Switzerland9900
46st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten181200
46st-maarten-small-imageMaldives8700
46Argentina7400

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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