Cricket bat binding is a very simple, but necessary part of the cricket bat making process.
It helps add stability and strength to the cricket bat handle. Handles are made from pieces of Malaysian Sarawak cane, generally 6 or 12 individual pieces that come together to form the cricket bat handle. Once a handle is inserted into a cricket bat, PVC glue is applied to the handle and the binding is tightly wrapped in a single layer along the entire length of the handle, giving the handle stability and strength.
Over time, binding sometimes comes loose at the base of the handle. It's a very simple fix, but certainly one that should be attended to. We've seen cricketers use tape to hold the binding in place, which can work well, or you can add some PVC glue and re-glue the end of the binding yourself.
At our workshop at 1 Axford Street Northgate, Brisbane, when we are making new cricket bats, repairing bats or re-handling any bats, we apply PVC glue, then using our modified lathe we hand feed the binding onto all handles. This allows us to do this quickly and achieve a tight, neat application.