3 Ways to Protect Your Cricket Bat
When we watch our favorite players in action, we often can’t help but try to replicate aspects of their game. This includes the bat used, which specifically includes the brand, style of play and features!
However, a cricket bat is an important investment. You should take good care of your bat for the following key reasons:
- Avoid damage to your bat and the disappointment that comes with it!
- Avoid repair or replacement costs. You’ve spent the money, so take key steps to make sure you get your money’s worth.
- Enable strong performance.
The following three ways can help ensure a longer life for your cricket bat:
1. Oil and Knock-In your Cricket Bat well
All bats should be oiled before use. This ensures there is enough moisture in the blade, which significantly reduces risk of cracking.
Also, it is crucial your bat is well knocked-in. Using a simple ball or wooden mallet, you should knock-in the face of the bat and edges across approximately four-six hours. This can be spread out over a week or so. Then, while using an old, high-quality cricket ball in the nets, play defensively against slower bowling to get the bat well prepared.
For more information on oiling and knocking in your bat, visit our dedicated article (link to “how to knock-in your cricket bat properly”).
2. Use Bat Face Tape
It is easy to think that the face of the bat is at most risk of cracking. However, the edges are too.
Even if your bat is knocked-in and oiled well, it is a good idea to tape the edges of your bat as this is a risk area, especially against faster bowling. You can also look to apply tape on the face of the bat straight away, but it is usually the norm to do this after using the bat for a while. A key sign that you should tape the face of the bat is when small, horizontal cracks appear after plenty of use.
Sachin Tendulkar is a player who often used bat tape on the face of the bat.
Onlinecricstore provides two tape options, one for bat edges and one for the face:
GM Glass Fibre Bat Tape: For edges and minor bat damage.
DSC Bat Face Tape Roll: For bat face protection and minor repair.
You can purchase these two items and 700+ others for a discount, using the code: CHARBEL5.
3. Protect the toe
Plenty of talks so far about the edges and face of the bat, but you can’t forget about the toe!
If the ball, especially from faster bowlers, hits an unprotected toe, cracking can occur. Some of the worst cracks can go a fair way up the blade.
A simple, but very effective way of protecting the toe is by using a toe guard. This small investment can pay great dividends as it plays a key role in ensuring the long life of your cricket bat.
So, with these three key steps, you can ensure a long-lasting bat that enables strong cricketing performance!
Written by Charbel Coorey, cricblog.net