How to Knock in Your Cricket Bat Properly

Purchasing a new cricket bat is undoubtedly one of the most exciting things in the life of a cricket fan! However, if not prepared correctly for action, a damaged bat can cost lots of money to repair, along with the headaches that come along with it.

How to Knock in Your Bat Properly

If you see the following signs early on, the cricket bat has been underprepared rather than it being of poor quality:

-          Crack in the face or toe of the bat after playing a shot

-          Seam marks denting the bat surface

-          The grains of your bat are not parallel to each other

The good news is that if you take the necessary steps to ensure your bat is in good shape, you’ll have a high-performing blade!

Below are three key steps to follow.

1.Oiling your bat

All bats should be oiled before use. The purpose of oiling the bat is to ensure there is moisture in the blade which reduces risk of cracking or splitting. However, you should avoid over-oiling the blade.

Lightly oil the edges, toe, face and back of the blade. Leave your bat to dry, and then coat again one or two more times.

Key Tips:

-          Use about a 10 cent coin worth of Lindseed Oil.

-          To see if your bat needs more oil or not, run your thumbnail up the bat’s blade. If there is a tiny speck of oil on your thumbnail, then it is oiled beautifully. If there is none, it needs another light coating.

-          Avoid putting oil on the stickers or splice.

-          Bat providers can oil the bat for you if you wish.

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2. Use a mallet to “knock in” your cricket bat

Using a ball or wooden mallet, you should knock in the entire face and edges of your bat. The edges could be a quite fragile part of the bat when your first purchase it, and the ball could make indentations if not knocked in properly.

The approximate length of time you should take to knock your bat with a mallet is six hours. However, if Extratec is applied, this can be four hours. It certainly seems like a long while, but strong preparation over a week or so is very worth it.

Key Tips:

-          Knock in your bat for 30 mins-1 hour each day as part of your 1-2 week preparation.

-          Edges and full face of the bat is vital.

-          Don’t hit the bat too hard, especially in the early stages. Firm, but not hard, knocks will do.

-          Enjoy music or whatever else you fancy while you do it to make the time go quicker!

3.Batting in the nets

Using an old, quality cricket ball, spend some time hitting slow bowling in the nets. Another good way to prepare your bat is to hit short catches to teammates or friends.

This process effectively “warms up” the bat to get it ready for full action. Think of stretching, but for cricket bats!

Key Tips:

-          Play in a defensive manner.

-          Avoid genuine fast bowling.

-          If you see seam marks in the bat, you should spend at least another hour knocking it in as per step two.

With these three key steps, you will have a well-prepared cricket bat!

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Written by Charbel Coorey,