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Current World Rankings

Based on matches up to 21st July 2019
RankingFlagTeamPlayedWeightedPointsRating
1flag1Australia45326724210
2flag2New Zealand57386675176
3flag3England52366267174
4flag4Jamaica33233962172
5flag5South Africa43324703147
6ugandaUganda35263223124
7flag6Malawi37273193118
8flag10Scotland24161799112
9northern-irelandNorthern Ireland29191918101
10flag8Wales22141402100
11bfb04946b73242949dc4a00a412b2390Trinidad & Tobago2221208099
12Cook Islands13874193
13photo_0163261340udvujoBarbados3324220292
14zimbabweZimbabwe3627238288
15zambiaZambia3020160980
16samoaSamoa1814101172
17fijiFiji3020143872
18sri-lankaSri Lanka171696861
19sri-lankaTonga9633656
20papuaPapua New Guinea15949755
21St Lucia141159154
22irelandIsle of Man9737654
23grenadaGrenada2420106153
24St Vincent & Grenadines191784550
25irelandIreland362189242
26botswanaBotswana281974339
27malaysiaMalaysia241758134
28singapore-flagSingapore463198932
29canadaCanada191543929
30gibraltarGibraltar191542929
31hong-kongHong Kong292053927
32berumdaBermuda848020
33namibiaNamibia241721713
34USA1099711
35Cayman Islands11109610
36Dominica88577
37UAE9791
38st-maarten-small-imageSt Maarten151181
39Thailand131071
40Antigua & Barbuda8800
41255px-flag_of_the_republic_of_china-svg_1_23x16Chinese Taipei9700
42israelIsrael141000
43Argentina9800

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:

  • Kenya
  • Maldives
  • Switzerland
  • Vanuatu
  • St Kitts & Nevis
  • 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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