Test Rankings

Relative Value Team Rankings for Test Matches

Rank Team Rating Highest Rating Date Highest Rank Last Achieved on
1 India 60.41 60.41 29 Aug 17 1 29 Aug 17
2 South Africa 50.18 62.09 03 Aug 03 1 05 Nov 15
3 Australia 49.97 67.98 16 Nov 03 1 06 Aug 16
4 England 49.24 62.96 15 Jan 12 1 10 Aug 16
5 New Zealand 47.76 52.02 07 Nov 15 2 07 Nov 15
6 Pakistan 47.66 56.00 30 Dec 16 2 15 Nov 16
7 Sri Lanka 42.67 60.39 11 Nov 07 2 20 Dec 14
8 Bangladesh 42.66 42.66 30 Aug 17 7 02 Nov 11
9 West Indies 36.98 52.78 26 Oct 13 2 26 Oct 13
10 Zimbabwe 35.62 41.61 10 Aug 14 8 30 Jul 16

Updated on 30 Aug 17 After Test # 2272 – BNG 260; Aus 217; BNG 221; Aus 244 where Bangladesh won by 20 runs

Q: How is the Rating value calculated?

A: Every test is assigned points based on how far the game has progressed. While all result matches get a sum of 100 points, every draw is different. Total points for a draw are based on how many innings were completed and within innings how many wickets fell or relative runs scored. The points earned by a team are then modified further based on whether it is a Home or Away match. After that performances are also adjusted by the venue. For a team like Pakistan which can’t enjoy home advantage, matches played in UAE are recognised as away games but its familiarity at this venue is also accounted for. An average value of all test match performances in last 5 years is calculated where recent performances get a higher weight. These weights are decayed gradually such that one year old performance is scaled to 80% weight and 5 year old one is nearly zero. There is no cutoff based on calendar dates and ratings will never change abruptly.

Q: What does a rating value signify?

A. All values are out of 100. A rating above 50 indicates that a team wins on an average. Attaining a rating of 60 is very difficult which means that a team wins with a comfortable margin. A rating closer to 65 is even tougher to attain which signifies a dominant side of its era consistently performing home and away irrespective of venue. No team has reached 70 points after Sri Lanka gained test status. These ratings values help us to assess the dominance of a team meaningfully.

Q: When do ratings change?

A. At the end of a test match. It can be calculated on any other date. Only the rating attained at the end of a test are used for historical comparisons.

Q: What about series results?

A. Series result is not used in computing team ratings.

Q: What does Highest Rating and associated date signify?

A. Highest Rating is the maximum rating attained by a team historically since Jan 2002. This is coupled with the date on which the team peaked. Attaining #1 rank is a worthy goal. At the same time each team must strive to improve its own performances. It is possible to be ranked as a #1 team by scoring closer to 50 points in a competitive era. England, Australia and India occupied the top spot within the short period of 6th and 23rd August 2016. These three along with Pakistan were neck to neck between 51 & 53 points and #1 to #4 spot changed quickly. On the other hand,  Sri Lanka peaked in Nov 2007 scoring over 60 points – but it was not enough to make it #1 because Australia was performing even better with about 64 points at that time. Surely a team should aspire to score 60 or more points based on its own performances vis-a-vis settling for #1 spot with fewer points.

Q: Why does historical data go back to Jan 2002 only?

A. Even though ratings data is available for a much longer period, Jan 2002 has been chosen to compare ratings data for all 10 test playing nations. Pakistan reached its zenith in 1983 when it was also ranked the #1 nation. West Indies reached their peak ratings in 1960s and consistently remained at the top in 1980s. Unfortunately these values are not displayed here because the field was narrower then. It can be argued that it was tougher to score around 60 points in early and mid ’80s when draws were common.

Q: What is the highest rank?

A. It is the highest place achieved in the ratings since Jan 2002. Australia, England, India and South Africa have reached the top spot in this period. West Indies and Pakistan achieved this before the cut-off of Jan 2002. New Zealand topped this only once on 5th Feb 1984 after beating England by an innings and 132 runs reaching 52.15 points in a competitive era. Peak rating value reached by Sri Lanka is higher than those of India, New Zealand and Pakistan but it coincided with a dominant Australian side.

Q: What is the significance of date mentioned in Highest Rank Last Achieved on?
A. A team may have reached a specific high rank on multiple occasions. This date lists when was that position achieved most recently.


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