The Unofficially Best Unofficial Test Championship – Official (UBOTCO)

Current Table

2020 – up to Lockdown

Australia v New Zealand – can New Zealand make up the 4 points and get up to 2nd? After 2 of the 3 tests they were losing heavily and this continued in the third to give Australia a gain of 11.93 points, to 81.94, New Zealand’s new score is 54. But both teams remain in 2nd and 3rd in the table.

England v South Africa – began their series separated by 0.003 of a point (and both less than half a point behind New Zealand) – two evenly matched teams – one of them will be third by the end of the series. South Africa took lead after 1 test but three strong tests from England gave them a gain of 7.62. England go up to third on 61.18, South Africa remain fifth 1.3 points ahead of Pakistan.

Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, Pakistan v Bangladesh and Bangladesh v Zimbabwe all result in table changes of .27, 0.60 and 1.61 respectively and cause no change in the table

New Zealand v India. India began this series with an 11 point lead over Australia and New Zealand needed 7 points to overtake England or more likely not to lose 8 points to stay ahead of South Africa – surely the table would not change. Well, how wrong could I be! A dominant display by New Zealand combined with a weak display by India gave the hosts a 2-0 win. Their runs per wicket 250% that of India. It gave New Zealand a gain of 12.91 points and easily moving into third place. But the 12.91 loss for India meant that Australia retake the lead at the top of the Table. This is their first visit there since August 2016. This was New Zealand’s biggest home ‘gain’. India lose their place at the top after 20 series and 12 months.

Team Score
Australia 81.94
India 79.88
New Zealand 66.91
England 61.18
South Africa 45.95
Pakistan 43.87
Sri Lanka 42.51
West Indies 34.29
Bangladesh 24.51
Afghanistan 21.11
Ireland 19.97
Zimbabwe 17.88

For previous table movements and quick summaries see the Latest News page

25 February 2018

It is with sadness that I announce the passing of my father. He died peacefully in his sleep early in the morning of Sunday 25th February. We miss him greatly.

Of course, Graham Ford is the Ford in the Ford and Son and he is the founder of this system and more importantly my Dad. Thank you


Up-to-date and fast to reflect the current levels of each team, this is the home of the popular Ford and Son Test Cricket Rating Tables.

Ever since my Dad introduced me to the game of cricket, I have loved it.

Ever since he told me about his system of Test Country ranking which he started in 1945 when he was 10 years old, using only pen and paper, I have been hooked!

Having the benefit of a computer, I have easily been able to ‘fine tune’ his system (all with his agreement)

It only remains to see if my son Jonah takes up the tradition!


Other pages on the site include the following…

History shows recent and historical table movement

Method. We believe this system to be one of the most accurate ways of ranking test cricket. If you would like to see the thinking and maths behind this claim take a look at the method page. Here you will also find a list of FAQ’s and ways to contact us.

Roll of Honour – who has led the rankings for longest, most often? Who has had highest score? This now also includes a section for the Biggest Series wins (in terms of points gained), and the Highest Run-Rates for different length series.

Blog – for latest news and thoughts