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 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 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

TeamMatchesPoints

Rating

1India354,027

115

2

New Zealand262,829

109

3

South Africa272,917

108

4England424,366

104

5

Australia333,270

99

6

Sri Lanka403,795

95

7

Pakistan272,263

84

8

West Indies322,570

80

9

Bangladesh231,413

61

10

Afghanistan316555

11

Zimbabwe9140

16

12

Ireland30

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

TeamMatchesPoints

Rating

1

England546,745

125

2

India587,071

122

3

New Zealand434,837

112

4

Australia505,543

111

5

South Africa475,193

110

6

Pakistan494,756

110

7

Bangladesh463,963

97

8

Sri Lanka544,425

86

9

West Indies483,675

82

10

Afghanistan402,359

77

11

Ireland291,466

59

12

Zimbabwe351,538

51

13

Netherlands6222

44

14

Scotland15534

36

15

Namibia8183

23

16

Oman8174

22

17

Nepal8152

19

18

United States8115

14

19

United Arab Emirates15144

10

20

Papua New Guinea170

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

3131

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

TeamMatchesPoints

Ratings

1

Pakistan267,365

283

2

England164,253

266

3

South Africa164,196

262

4

India318,099

261

5

Australia215,471

261

6

New Zealand174,333

255

7

Afghanistan163,849

241

8

Sri Lanka194,297226

9

West Indies245,378

224

10

Bangladesh163,525

220

11

Nepal142,818

201

12

Scotland112,185

199

13

United Arab Emirates183,453

192

14

Zimbabwe132,477

191

15

Ireland213,834

183

16

Papua New Guinea223,834

174

17

Netherlands152,607

174

18

Oman5774

155

19

Hong Kong81,213

152

20

Namibia142038

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

PlayerCountry

Rating

1

Steve SmithAustralia

937

2

Virat KholiIndia

903

3

Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand

878

4

Cheteshwar PujaraIndia

825

5

Henry NichollsNew Zealand

749

6Joe RootEngland

731

7

Ajinkya RahaneIndia

725

8

Tom LathamNew Zealand

724

9

Dimuth KarunaratneSri Lanka

723

10

Aiden MarkamSouth Africa

719

11

Quinton de KockSouth Africa

718

12

Faf du PlessisSouth Africa

702

13

Ben StokesEngland

685

14

Ross TaylorNew Zealand

669

15

Hashim AmlaSouth Africa

664

16

Babar AzamPakistan

658

17

Kusal MendisSri Lanka

645

18

Asad ShafiqPakistan

643

18

Angelo MatthewsSri Lanka

643

20

Dean ElgarSouth Africa

639

Current Top Twenty Test Bowlers

Position

PlayerCountry

Rating

1

Pat CumminsAustralia

908

2

Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa

851

3

Jasprit BumrahIndia

835

4

Jason HolderWest Indies

814

5

Vernon PhilanderSouth Africa

813

6

James AndersonEngland

798

7

Trent BoultNew Zealand

795

8

Neil WagnerNew Zealand

785

9

Kemar RoachWest Indies

780

10

Mohammad AbbasPakistan770

11

Ravindra JadejaIndia

764

12

Josh HazlewoodAustralia

754

12

Tim SoutheeNew Zealand

754

14

Ravichandran AshwinIndia

747

15

Stuart BroadEngland

740

16

Yasir ShahPakistan

710

17

Mitchell StarcAustralia

689

18

Mohammad ShamiPakistan

680

18

Shannon GabrielWest Indies

680

20

Ishant SharmaIndia

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

PositionPlayerCountryRating

1

Virat KholiIndia

895

2

Rohit SharmaIndia

863

3

Babar AzamPakistan

827

4

Faf du PlessisSouth Africa

820

5

Ross TaylorNew Zealand

817

6

Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand

796

7

David WarnerAustralia

794

8

Joe RootEngland

787

9

Quinton de KockSouth Africa

781

10

Jason RoyEngland

774

11

Imam-ul-HaqPakistan764

11

Aaron FinchAustralia

764

13

Jonny BairstowEngland

758

14

Shai HopeWest Indies

729

15

Usman KhawajaAustralia

727

16

Jos ButtlerEngland

717

17

Mushfiqur RahimBangladesh

713

18

Fakhar ZamanPakistan

711

19

Shikhar DhawanIndia

702

20

Ben StokesEngland

694

 

Current Top Twenty ODI Bowlers

Position

PlayerCountry

Rating

1

Jasprit BumrahIndia

797

2

Trent BoultNew Zealand

740

3

Kagiso RabadaSouth Africa

694

4

Pat CumminsAustralia

693

5

Imran TahirSouth Africa

683

6

Mujeez ZadranAfghanistan

681

7

Chris WoakesEngland

676

8

Mitchell StarcAustralia

663

9

Rashid KhanAfghanistan

658

10

Matt HenryNew Zealand

656

11

Lachlan FergusonNew Zealand

649

12

Kuldeep YadavIndia

642

13

Mohammad AmirPakistan

636

14

Tim MurtaghIreland

635

15

Akila DananjayaSri Lanka

631

16

Yuzvendra ChahalIndia

629

17

Bhuveneshwar KumarIndia

626

18

Mehedi HasanBangladesh

617

19

Mohammad NabiAfghanistan

616

20

Mustafizur RahmanBangladesh

610

Current Top Twenty T20 Batsmen

Position

PlayerCountry

Rating

1

Babar AzamPakistan

896

2

Glenn MaxwellAustralia

815

3

Colin MunroNew Zealand

796

4

Aaron FinchAustralia

782

5

HazratullahAfghanistan

727

6

D’arcy ShortAustralia

715

7

Fakhar ZamanPakistan

681

8

Alex HalesEngland

664

8

Rohit SharmaIndia

664

10

Lokesh RahulIndia

662

11

Virat KohliIndia

659

12

Reeza HendricksSouth Africa

642

13

Shikar DhawanIndia

639

14

Jason RoyEngland

635

15

Evin LewisWest Indies

630

16

Martin GuptilNew Zealand

624

17

Kane WilliamsonNew Zealand

616

18

Joe RootEngland

613

19

Eoin MorganEngland

596

20

Shaiman AnwarUnited Arab Emirates

594

Current Top T20 Bowlers

Position

PlayerCountry

Rating

1

Rashid KhanAfghanistan

757

2

Imad WasimPakistan

710

3

Shadab KhanPakistan

706

4

Adil RashidEngland

702

5

Mitchell SantnerNew Zealand

673

6Adam ZampaAustralia

672

7Andile PhehlukwayoSouth Africa

668

8

Shakib Al HasanBangladesh

663

9

Mujeeb ZadranAfghanistan

652

10Faheem AshrafPakistan

641

11

Ish SodhiNew Zealand

637

12David WilleyEngland

636

13Chris JordanEngland

635

14Kuldeep YadavIndia

632

15Tim SoutheeNew Zealand

623

16

Liam PlunkettEngland

617

17

Mohammad NabiAfghanistan

613

18

Billy StanlakeAustralia

600

19

Akila DananajayaSri Lanka

597

20Tabraiz ShamsiSouth Africa

592

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