This is What You Need to Know about the ICC Cricket Ranking

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Ranking-of-best-teamsIf you are interested in knowing the rankings of a particular national team or who the top twenty batsman or bowlers are in each of the three formats, then this is definitely the place to be. Below we will explain how the ICC rankings for test, ODI, and T20 cricket are calculated as well as provide the latest tables for all three formats. Knowing this information can help you when it comes to online cricket betting.

ICC Test Rankings Explained

The ICC Test Championship is an ICC competition for the twelve test-playing nations. In reality, it is not exactly a competition as it is simply a ranking system that is used alongside all international test matches to give some indication as to which team is the best in the world at test cricket.

However, having said that, the team that sits at the top of the ranking are given the ICC Test Championship mace and get to hold onto it until they are displaced by another team. Furthermore, the team that is first on the 1st April each year is awarded $1 million.

How Are the Points Calculated?

When two teams compete in a series, the table is updated as pointed out below.

    1. 1 point to the team that wins the match.
    2. 0.5 points to each team if the match is drawn.
    3. 1 extra point to the winner of the series.
  1. 0.5 extra points to both teams if it is a drawn series.

The points gained then need to be converted into rating points.

If the gap between the two teams in the rankings table is fewer than 40 points, the rating points are calculated as follows:

  • (Team’s accumulated series points) x (opponent’s rating + 50) + (opponent’s series points) x (opponent’s rating – 50)

Since this formula is only used when there is a gap of fewer than 40 points between the two teams, the series winner will always receive more rating points than they originally had, while the losing team will always receive fewer points than they had.
When it comes to draws, the team lower in the rankings will receive more rating points than they already had, while the team that was deemed stronger will receive fewer.

If the gap between the two teams is 40 or more, the rating points are calculated as shown below:

For the team deemed to be stronger

  • (Own series points) x (own rating + 10) + (opponent’s series points) x (own rating -90)

For the team that is deemed to be weaker

  • (Own series points) x (own rating + 90) + (opponent’s series points) x (own rating -10)

So, once again, the match’s winner will always receive more points than they had, while the team that loses will always receive fewer points than they had. The weaker team will be better off in the case of a draw.

How the Table is Then Updated

  1. The rating points earned are added to the rating points they received from previous matches.
  2. The number of matches played is updated by adding the series points that were available. This will always be one more than the number of games that were played in the series because an extra point is rewarded to the winner of the series. For example, a three-match test series will see the match count increase by four.
  3. To get the new ratings, the new rating points are divided by a new number of matches.

Every May, the points that were received 3-4 years are taken away and those points earned 1-2 years ago only have a 50% weighting instead of 100%. For example, in May 2019, the matches that occurred between May 2015 and 2016 were taken away, and those matches played from May 2017 to May 2018 changed to 50% weighting.

Current Test Rankings

Ranking

Team Matches Points

Rating

1 India 35 4,027

115

2

New Zealand 26 2,829

109

3

South Africa 27 2,917

108

4 England 42 4,366

104

5

Australia 33 3,270

99

6

Sri Lanka 40 3,795

95

7

Pakistan 27 2,263

84

8

West Indies 32 2,570

80

9

Bangladesh 23 1,413

61

10

Afghanistan 3 165 55

11

Zimbabwe 9 140

16

12

Ireland 3 0

0

Historical Rankings

The table below reveals how long each team has held the number one spot for.

Team

Total Number of Months

Highest Rating

Australia

326

143

West Indies

235

135

England

106

125

India

81

130

South Africa

61

135

Pakistan

4

111

ICC ODI Team Rankings Explained

The ICC ODI Championship is a competition for the twenty ODI-playing nations. However, just like the ICC Test Championship, it is not really a competition as it is a ranking system that is used alongside all international ODI matches to give show which team is the best in the world when it comes to ODI cricket.

However, the team that sits at the top of the table is presented with the ICC ODI Championship shield. This tradition started back in 2002 when Ricky Ponting received it.

How the ODI Rankings Are Calculated

Teams receive points based on their match results from the last 3-4 years. Every May, the points earned 3-4 years ago are deleted and the ranking points earned 1-2 years ago have just a 50% weighting instead of 100%. Therefore, in May 2019, the matches that were played from May 2015 and 2016 were deleted, and those played from May 2017 and 2018 lost 50% of their weighting.

If the gap between the two teams that played is fewer than 40, then the points earned are calculated as follows:

Win = Opponent’s rating + 50

Draw = Opponent’s rating

Loss = Opponent’s rating – 50

If the gap is 40 points or more, then the points earned are calculated as follows:

Stronger team wins = Own rating + 10

Weaker team loses = Own rating – 10

Stronger team draws = Own rating – 40

Weaker team draws = Own rating + 40

Stronger team loses = Own rating – 90

Weaker team wins = Own rating + 90

Current ODI Rankings

Ranking

Team Matches Points

Rating

1

England 54 6,745

125

2

India 58 7,071

122

3

New Zealand 43 4,837

112

4

Australia 50 5,543

111

5

South Africa 47 5,193

110

6

Pakistan 49 4,756

110

7

Bangladesh 46 3,963

97

8

Sri Lanka 54 4,425

86

9

West Indies 48 3,675

82

10

Afghanistan 40 2,359

77

11

Ireland 29 1,466

59

12

Zimbabwe 35 1,538

51

13

Netherlands 6 222

44

14

Scotland 15 534

36

15

Namibia 8 183

23

16

Oman 8 174

22

17

Nepal 8 152

19

18

United States 8 115

14

19

United Arab Emirates 15 144

10

20

Papua New Guinea 17 0

0

Historical Rankings

In the table below you will be able to see how long each team has held the number one spot for in ODI cricket. This dates from 1981 to the present.

Team

Total Number of Months

Highest Rating

Australia

198

140

West Indies

99

141`

South Africa

71

134

England

52

135

India

25

127

Pakistan

3 131

ICC World T20 Rankings Explained

The ICC T20 Championship is a competition organised by the ICC. However, just like we mentioned for the Test and ODI rankings above, it is not exactly a real competition as it is simply a ranking system used alongside T20 matches to determine the best T20 international side in the world.

How the T20 Rankings Are Calculated

Every May, the points that were earned from matches 3-4 years ago are deleted, and those that were earned between 1-2 years ago drop from 100% weighting to a 50% weighting. For example, in May 2019, the matches that were played from May 2015-2016 were taken away, and those played between May 2017 and 2018 decreased to a 50% weighting.

If the gap between the two teams that played is fewer than 40, then the points earned are calculated as follows:

Win = Opponent’s rating + 50

Draw = Opponent’s rating

Loss = Opponent’s rating – 50

If the gap is 40 points or more, then the points earned are calculated as follows

Stronger team wins = Own rating + 10

Weaker team loses = Own rating – 10

Stronger team draws = Own rating – 40

Weaker team draws = Own rating + 40

Stronger team loses = Own rating – 90

Weaker team wins = Own rating + 90

Current T20 Rankings

Rank

Team Matches Points

Ratings

1

Pakistan 26 7,365

283

2

England 16 4,253

266

3

South Africa 16 4,196

262

4

India 31 8,099

261

5

Australia 21 5,471

261

6

New Zealand 17 4,333

255

7

Afghanistan 16 3,849

241

8

Sri Lanka 19 4,297 226

9

West Indies 24 5,378

224

10

Bangladesh 16 3,525

220

11

Nepal 14 2,818

201

12

Scotland 11 2,185

199

13

United Arab Emirates 18 3,453

192

14

Zimbabwe 13 2,477

191

15

Ireland 21 3,834

183

16

Papua New Guinea 22 3,834

174

17

Netherlands 15 2,607

174

18

Oman 5 774

155

19

Hong Kong 8 1,213

152

20

Namibia 14 2038

146

* There are another 64 teams in the rankings table, but we didn’t think there was any need to add every single one.

ICC Player Rankings Explained

When it comes to player rankings, players are evaluated from 0 to 1,000 points. How many points a player gets for his performance in a particular match is determined by a number of circumstances. All is revealed in detail below.

Test Match Cricket

Batsmen are evaluated based on:

  1. How many runs they scored.
  2. The player ratings of the bowlers that he faced. If the bowlers are high up the rankings, the batsman will be awarded more points.
  3. The team’s total. For example, scoring a century in a match where the whole team scored over 600 runs is not worth as many points as a century in a match where the team was bowled out for just 250 runs.
  4. Whether they got out or not. If a batsman is not out, he will receive more points.
  5. The result. If a batman scores a lot of runs in a winning cause, they will be rewarded more ranking points. Also, if the opponents were highly rated, a batsman will pick up a nice number of points if he scores a lot of runs against them.

Bowlers are evaluated based on:

  1. How many wickets they take and how many runs they concede.
  2. The batting rankings of the batsmen that they dismiss. For example, getting Steve Smith out will be worth more points than bowling Jimmy Anderson through the gate.
  3. The amount of runs that were scored in the game. For example, 3 wickets for 50 runs in a high-scoring game will reward more points than similar figures in a low-scoring game.
  4. The workload that they do. Bowlers who bowl many overs get given some leeway, even if they pick up no wickets.
  5. The result of the match. Those bowlers that pick up many wickets to help their team win will receive bonus points. If the team they beat is rated high, they will receive more bonus points.

To get a player’s ratings, the performance they put in during their latest match is added to their previous ratings and then changed into points. More recent performances obviously have a greater impact on the ratings, but all performances from the start of his career are still taken into consideration. This means that a fantastic player who has been off form for a while will still have a decent rating.

Every new player begins with 0 points and can only receive full ratings when they have managed to establish themselves. For instance, a batsman who has played just ten test innings will only get 70% of his rating. In other words, it will be between 0 and 700. He cannot get 100% until he has play in 40 innings. If a bowler has taken 30 wickets, he will also only get 70% of his rating. He cannot get 100% until he has picked up at least 100 wickets. Therefore, new players can find themselves in the top 30 pretty quickly, but in order to get into the top ten, they will have to notch up many test matches.

If a player misses a test match, no matter the reason, they will lose 1% of their points.

Current Top Twenty Test Batsmen

Position

Player Country

Rating

1

Steve Smith Australia

937

2

Virat Kholi India

903

3

Kane Williamson New Zealand

878

4

Cheteshwar Pujara India

825

5

Henry Nicholls New Zealand

749

6 Joe Root England

731

7

Ajinkya Rahane India

725

8

Tom Latham New Zealand

724

9

Dimuth Karunaratne Sri Lanka

723

10

Aiden Markam South Africa

719

11

Quinton de Kock South Africa

718

12

Faf du Plessis South Africa

702

13

Ben Stokes England

685

14

Ross Taylor New Zealand

669

15

Hashim Amla South Africa

664

16

Babar Azam Pakistan

658

17

Kusal Mendis Sri Lanka

645

18

Asad Shafiq Pakistan

643

18

Angelo Matthews Sri Lanka

643

20

Dean Elgar South Africa

639

Current Top Twenty Test Bowlers

Position

Player Country

Rating

1

Pat Cummins Australia

908

2

Kagiso Rabada South Africa

851

3

Jasprit Bumrah India

835

4

Jason Holder West Indies

814

5

Vernon Philander South Africa

813

6

James Anderson England

798

7

Trent Boult New Zealand

795

8

Neil Wagner New Zealand

785

9

Kemar Roach West Indies

780

10

Mohammad Abbas Pakistan 770

11

Ravindra Jadeja India

764

12

Josh Hazlewood Australia

754

12

Tim Southee New Zealand

754

14

Ravichandran Ashwin India

747

15

Stuart Broad England

740

16

Yasir Shah Pakistan

710

17

Mitchell Starc Australia

689

18

Mohammad Shami Pakistan

680

18

Shannon Gabriel West Indies

680

20

Ishant Sharma India

677

 

ODI and T20 Cricket

The criteria for ODI and T20 player ratings are quite similar to those used for test cricket. However, there are some important differences, which can be seen below.

  1. Batsmen gain a lot of credit for scoring rapidly.
  2. Bowlers gain a lot of credit for bowling economically.
  3. If a player misses a match for their country, they will lose only 0.5% of their points.

Current Top Twenty ODI Batsmen

Position Player Country Rating

1

Virat Kholi India

895

2

Rohit Sharma India

863

3

Babar Azam Pakistan

827

4

Faf du Plessis South Africa

820

5

Ross Taylor New Zealand

817

6

Kane Williamson New Zealand

796

7

David Warner Australia

794

8

Joe Root England

787

9

Quinton de Kock South Africa

781

10

Jason Roy England

774

11

Imam-ul-Haq Pakistan 764

11

Aaron Finch Australia

764

13

Jonny Bairstow England

758

14

Shai Hope West Indies

729

15

Usman Khawaja Australia

727

16

Jos Buttler England

717

17

Mushfiqur Rahim Bangladesh

713

18

Fakhar Zaman Pakistan

711

19

Shikhar Dhawan India

702

20

Ben Stokes England

694

 

Current Top Twenty ODI Bowlers

Position

Player Country

Rating

1

Jasprit Bumrah India

797

2

Trent Boult New Zealand

740

3

Kagiso Rabada South Africa

694

4

Pat Cummins Australia

693

5

Imran Tahir South Africa

683

6

Mujeez Zadran Afghanistan

681

7

Chris Woakes England

676

8

Mitchell Starc Australia

663

9

Rashid Khan Afghanistan

658

10

Matt Henry New Zealand

656

11

Lachlan Ferguson New Zealand

649

12

Kuldeep Yadav India

642

13

Mohammad Amir Pakistan

636

14

Tim Murtagh Ireland

635

15

Akila Dananjaya Sri Lanka

631

16

Yuzvendra Chahal India

629

17

Bhuveneshwar Kumar India

626

18

Mehedi Hasan Bangladesh

617

19

Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan

616

20

Mustafizur Rahman Bangladesh

610

Current Top Twenty T20 Batsmen

Position

Player Country

Rating

1

Babar Azam Pakistan

896

2

Glenn Maxwell Australia

815

3

Colin Munro New Zealand

796

4

Aaron Finch Australia

782

5

Hazratullah Afghanistan

727

6

D’arcy Short Australia

715

7

Fakhar Zaman Pakistan

681

8

Alex Hales England

664

8

Rohit Sharma India

664

10

Lokesh Rahul India

662

11

Virat Kohli India

659

12

Reeza Hendricks South Africa

642

13

Shikar Dhawan India

639

14

Jason Roy England

635

15

Evin Lewis West Indies

630

16

Martin Guptil New Zealand

624

17

Kane Williamson New Zealand

616

18

Joe Root England

613

19

Eoin Morgan England

596

20

Shaiman Anwar United Arab Emirates

594

Current Top T20 Bowlers

Position

Player Country

Rating

1

Rashid Khan Afghanistan

757

2

Imad Wasim Pakistan

710

3

Shadab Khan Pakistan

706

4

Adil Rashid England

702

5

Mitchell Santner New Zealand

673

6 Adam Zampa Australia

672

7 Andile Phehlukwayo South Africa

668

8

Shakib Al Hasan Bangladesh

663

9

Mujeeb Zadran Afghanistan

652

10 Faheem Ashraf Pakistan

641

11

Ish Sodhi New Zealand

637

12 David Willey England

636

13 Chris Jordan England

635

14 Kuldeep Yadav India

632

15 Tim Southee New Zealand

623

16

Liam Plunkett England

617

17

Mohammad Nabi Afghanistan

613

18

Billy Stanlake Australia

600

19

Akila Dananajaya Sri Lanka

597

20 Tabraiz Shamsi South Africa

592