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Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 30th June 2019
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia37245050210
2flag4Jamaica25152648177
3flag3England44284796171
4flag2New Zealand49305118171
5flag5South Africa33223136143
6ugandaUganda27182241125
7flag10Scotland1791045116
8northern-irelandNorthern Ireland20101157116
9flag6Malawi26161782111
10bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago12111131103
11photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados26171701100
12flag8Wales16871289
13zimbabweZimbabwe2819158784
14samoaSamoa8433484
15zambiaZambia3020160980
16Cook Islands10539779
17fijiFiji2313101778
18sri-lankaSri Lanka10960467
19papuaPapua New Guinea12636461
20grenadaGrenada221897354
21St Lucia141159154
22irelandIsle of Man9737654
23St Vincent & Grenadines191784550
24irelandIreland362189242
25botswanaBotswana281974339
26singapore-flagSingapore392484835
27malaysiaMalaysia241758134
28canadaCanada191543929
29gibraltarGibraltar191542929
30hong-kongHong Kong292053927
31berumdaBermuda848020
32namibiaNamibia241721713
33USA1099711
34Cayman Islands11109610
35Dominica88577
36UAE9791
37st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten151181
38Thailand131071
39Antigua & Barbuda8800
40255px-flag_of_the_republic_of_china-svg_1_23x16Chinese Taipei9700
41israelIsrael141000
42Argentina9800

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 1st 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:

  • Kenya
  • Maldives
  • Switzerland
  • Vanuatu
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • Tonga
  • India
  • Pakistan

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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