Will a Quality Cricket Bat make a difference?
A cricket bat is absolutely fundamental to the game of cricket. Whether playing cricket for fun, as an amateur or professional, a quality cricket bat will make all the difference. It’s still quite surprising how a large proportion of players, especially amateurs and children, are playing with the wrong size or wrong weight cricket bat.
To get the best out of playing cricket it’s essential to have a quality bat. With this in mind, before selecting and buying a cricket bat, find out more about:-
- Materials and manufacturing
- Design features
- Bat care
- Preparation and maintenance
- Legal specifications
Doing a little research on these points will help enormously in the purchasing decision. When buying a cricket bat remember to take into account a number of factors like budget, manufacturing, supplier and the warranty.
Ready for a game of cricket?
When playing cricket, it’s not only top quality cricket bats that are needed but also:-
- Batting gloves
- Batting pads
- Hats and helmets
Reputable firms can provide every type of cricket product imaginable, as well as accessories. Taking care of a cricket bat is very important. This can be done by oiling which prevents the willow from drying out while greatly reducing the risk of the bat from cracking. There’s lots of interesting info online regarding bat care which if not oiled on a regular basis could lead to:-
- Handle breaks
- Split toe
- Breakage to the blade
- Surface cracks to the face of the blade and the edge of the blade
Problems to a cricket bat can also be due to poor quality in manufacturing, so always buy from reliable online retailers. Sure every cricket bat needs to be knocked-in, however some cricket bat manufacturers claim that their bats are pre-prepared in the factory. This doesn’t mean that the bat is ready for use. A pre-prepared bat may have been oiled, pressed, and lightly knocked-in-by-hand, although it will still need a minimum of two hours knocking-in before being used.
Keep a cricket bat well maintained
To get full use and a longer life span out of a cricket bat, on-going maintenance is required. It should be correctly knocked-in and oiled regularly. With a covered bat, the cover should be removed during the off-season, at least once a year and oiled. Remove the cover slowly across the grain then sand with a light sandpaper. When a bat has a natural face, it should be oiled every month to help maintain high performance levels.
Don’t worry, small cracks on the face of cricket bats are considered to be natural wear and tear. With a little TLC, no major worries should arise. Small cracks can also be sanded down with fine sandpaper but with the grain and not against it. Once sanded, just apply a protective facing or fibreglass tape over the crack, it’s as easy as that.