Choosing cricket bats for all ages

Cricket bats, used in the sport of cricket, have evolved over the years. Once longer with a shorter face, they are now paddle-shaped with a flat face and the back having a v-shaped ridge. The officials who regulate cricket monitor the bats used in games and ban any bats that do not used approved materials or have unacceptable modifications.

For example, cricket bats made with aluminum or with lightweight carbon are not allowed in official games. There are also restrictions for bat length and the width of the blade. While there is no weight restriction, most fall within the same range. However, each batsman knows their strength and capabilities and tries to choose the cricket bat that will help them achieve their top potential. Even with official regulation, it is possible for a cricket batsman to find the perfect cricket bat for their skills.

For some players, especially those who play on the rise, a cricket bat with a classic profile and one that is lightweight could be the best choice. Other players like to get forward when they bat, they should use cricket bats that have long and low middles. Some of these bats also have scoops on the reverse and these help increase the bat’s performance.

There are also cricket bats specially designed for the top performing batsmen. For all around hitters there are bats that have contoured blades to increase the sweet spot and lightweight for excellent balance. And for the big hitters, there are cricket bat styles with larger sweet spots and bowed blades, and these come in at the higher end of the weight range.

There are even cricket bats designed for matches with limited overs. For these situations batsmen may want to choose a bat with a shorter blade with more wood behind the sweet spot and a contoured profile. If the cricket bat is for a junior player, choose one of the lighter weight bats for them to use when their first learning cricket. Younger players may want to try several styles of bat to determine which they like best. This should be encouraged so that younger players find the bat that works for them and helps develop their skills. As a young player progresses, bat changes may be necessary at intervals.

No matter which cricket bat you select, remember to follow the manufacturers instructions regarding knocking in the bat. Unless purchased pre-knocked in, cricket bats should be prepped before use by hitting the surface about eight thousand times with a cricket ball or bat mallet. This will compact the fibers inside the bat and will take about three to six hours to do. Once done, it should help it from snapping when you use it in a match.

Proper equipment care should be stressed to all players young and old. When not in play, keep your bat protected and in a safe place so it is always ready when you need it. A cricket bat can be costly and so they should be considered an investment and treated with care and respect.

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