World Cup and World Twenty20 champion Australia ranked number one in innovative new multi-format system
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today launched the official ICC Women’s Team Rankings, which incorporate results in all three formats of the game into one rankings system.
England is ranked second in the 10-team table, 10 points behind Australia, followed by New Zealand (109), India (105), West Indies (99), South Africa (92), Pakistan (81), Sri Lanka (74), Bangladesh (57) and Ireland (26). Teams will be added to the table as and when they reach the required standard.
The launch of ICC Women’s Team Rankings is part of the ICC’s long-term commitment to investing, incentivising, promoting and publicising women’s cricket, which has already started to drive substantial increase in public interest and participation as well as a marked improvement in the standard of the international game.
The innovative new system treats results from Test, ODI and T20I cricket equally. This means there will be rankings points to play for in every international match, while the volume of matches will ensure the table is a credible reflection of overall performance.
The ICC Women’s Team Rankings have been devised by statistician and ICC Cricket Committee member David Kendix, who has applied the same methodology as is used for the men’s rankings.
The rankings table is based on results between three and four years, but with the first two years being weighted at only 50 per cent. Currently, results from October 2012 to September 2014 are weighted at 50 per cent, while results since October 2014 are weighted at 100 per cent.
The annual update of the ICC Women’s Team Rankings, in which the oldest results will be dropped from rankings and the weightings updated, will be carried out on 1 October each year, whereas the annual updates for men’s Test, ODI and T20I team rankings take place in May.
Australia captain Meg Lanning, the world’s number-one batter in ODIs, had more than one reason to be delighted with the news of the launch of women’s rankings: “It’s certainly nice to be recognised as world number one. We’ve done a lot of hard work in the past few years to win the ICC Women’s World Cup and ICC Women’s World Twenty, as well as the Ashes recently.
“We are looking forward to staying at the top of the tree for a long time, which is going to be a big challenge but we have the players to do that.”
The ICC Women’s Team Rankings will be updated at the end of each series.
ICC Women’s Team Rankings (as on 1 October 2015)
Ranking Team Points
1 Australia 134
2 England 124
3 New Zealand 109
4 India 105
5 West Indies 99
6 South Africa 92
7 Pakistan 81
8 Sri Lanka 74
9 Bangladesh 57
10 Ireland 26
(Developed by David Kendix)
Forthcoming women’s fixtures:
Pakistan v Bangladesh
4 Oct – 1st ODI, Karachi
6 Oct – 2nd ODI, Karachi
West Indies v Pakistan
16 Oct – 1st ODI, Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
18 Oct* – 2nd ODI, Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
21 Oct* – 3rd ODI, Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
24 Oct* – 4th ODI, Beausejour Stadium, Gros Islet, St Lucia
29 Oct – 1st T20I, National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
31 Oct – 2nd T20I, National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
1 Nov – 3rd T20I, National Cricket Stadium, St George’s, Grenada
New Zealand v Sri Lanka
3 Nov* – 1st ODI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
5 Nov* – 2nd ODI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
7 Nov* – 3rd ODI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
10 Nov – 4th ODI, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln
13 Nov – 5th ODI, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
15 Nov – 1st T20I, Hagley Oval, Christchurch
20 Nov – 2nd T20I, Saxton Oval, Nelson
22 Nov – 3rd T20I, Saxton Oval, Nelson
*Denotes ICC Women’s Championship matches