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Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 2nd December 2019
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia49367,434207
2flag2New Zealand61427,507179
3flag3England58427,264173
4flag4Jamaica33233,962172
5flag5South Africa52416,152150
6ugandaUganda41323,928123
7flag6Malawi43333,991121
8flag10Scotland24161,799112
9flag8Wales25171,813107
10bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago22212,08099
11northern-ireland Northern Ireland32222,16598
12photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados33242,20292
13zimbabweZimbabwe42332,92989
14Cook Islands19141,13181
15zambiaZambia36262,03378
16samoaSamoa18141,01172
17fijiFiji30201,43872
18sri-lankaSri Lanka171696861
19sri-lankaTonga9633656
20St Lucia141159154
21irelandIsle of Man9737654
22grenadaGrenada24201,06153
23St Vincent & Grenadines191784550
24botswanaBotswana34251,04542
25malaysiaMalaysia272080140
26irelandIreland45301,14138
27St Kitts & Nevis9829437
28Cayman Islands171653133
29singapore-flagSingapore56411,34433
30namibiaNamibia302372532
31papuaPapua New Guinea211546131
32canadaCanada221852229
33gibraltar Gibraltar191542929
34hong-kongHong Kong292053927
35berumdaBermuda848020
36Antigua & Barbuda141427320
37USA131213411
38Dominica88577
39Kenya1212282
40UAE9791
41255px-flag_of_the_republic_of_china-svg_1_23x16Chinese Taipei9700
42israelIsrael141000
43Thailand161300
44st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten211700
45Argentina9800

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 21st July 2019 and includes matches up to this date. 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 2018 currently have a full weighting (100%). Matches played in the two previous years (July 2016-June 2018) 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:

  • Maldives
  • Switzerland
  • Vanuatu
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Lesotho

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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