WHAT SIZE CRICKET BAT SHOULD I GET?
As general rule of thumb, the very top of the handle should be no higher than your waist & the weight of the cricket bat in most cases should be nice light being easy to swing freely. This is extremely important for younger players. The player should be able to pick the bat up & hold it out from your body comfortably for at least 10 seconds. Please look at the images below for a detailed look at this.
Rest assured, our experts will ensure that we select the right bat for you.
BAT SIZE & WEIGHT GUIDE
HOW TO KNOCK IN YOUR NEW CRICKET BAT.
If you’ve purchased this cricket bat for indoor cricket only then you’re right to go! No preperation is required.
If you intend to use this cricket bat for outdoor cricket, you will need to prepare the bat before you start using it. Don’t panic! It’s not hard it just takes a little bit of time.
You will need to apply a thin coating of Cooper Bat Oil or Raw Linseed Oil to all bare surfaces of your cricket bat excluding the handle & toe. Try & avoid putting oil on the graphics, but if you do happen to a little bit on them, it won’t damage them. Once oiled, lay the bat horizontally to dry. This will take 24 hrs.
Repeat STEP ONE.
Using a Cooper Mallet you now need to knock in the face of the bat. This involves hitting your bat hundreds of times using the mallet like a hammer. Start from the middle & work your way over the whole face of the bat. You will notice you will be creating small dents as you compress the fibres of the timber. Your aim is to create enough small dents they will all join together. The total process doesn’t need to be done all at once.
Using the same process of STEP THREE, you now need to knock in the edges of the bat.
Using the same process as STEP THREE, hold the mallet at a 45 degree angle you now need to round off the edges of the bat where it joins the face of the bat.
STEP THREE, FOUR & FIVE don’t have to be done in order. You can mix them up to keep it interesting. The knocking in process will take 4-6 hours in total. Remember to avoid hitting the toe, splice & back of the bat.
Test your bat out. To see if you’ve done a good enough job of knocking in your bat, hit a new or fairly new cricket ball a few times. If the ball doesn’t leave any indentations, you’re good to go. If it does, continue the knocking in process a little longer.
You can never knock in your bat too much. If you show it the love it needs at the start, it will love you back out in the middle.
There are many imperfections found in the English Willow Tree that go on to still be present in the finished bat. Here we give an overview of the most common to reassure the consumer that they are only cosmetic.
PIN KNOT - Probably the most common imperfection found is the small knot or “pin knot”. These are generally up to 10 mm in diameter and are still living. Normally they will be present in the edge and / or back of the bat although sometimes they are visible on the face. They will not affect the playing of the bat at all.
SPECKS - The specks are consistent with damage caused to the growing tree by small flies in the family Agromyzidae of the Diptera order. Adult flies lay eggs inside the bark, and the larvae feed on the nutrients in the Cambium (the layer between the bark and the wood). The larvae then leave the tree and pupate in the soil. Wound tissue forms over the tunnels, and this is eventually included in the timber, forming the speck.
The speck is purely cosmetic and does not have any detrimental effect on the bat.
BUTTERFLY STAIN - This is “Butterfly Stain”, so called as it resembles the wings and body of a butterfly. It is attributed to pruning and frost damage, especially by hard pruning of larger branches that causes scarring in the timber. Although most of the public do not understand the butterfly stain, it adds strength to the finished bat, giving longer life of the bat with much less likely hood of the bats breaking and we think it looks great.
BAR STAIN or TIGER STAIN - This is a worse form of butterfly stain, commonly named “Bar Stain” or “Tiger Stain”. It is formed the same way as butterfly stain, but there is so much stain it adds weight to the blade as well. The stains are close together and there will be many of them over the blade.
FASLE GROWTH - A very common imperfection is the “False Growth”. This is caused when for some reason the tree has stopped growing for maybe one season. It can be caused by drought, fire or weed killer. Nine times out of ten there is no weakness in the bat and they will certainly not break along the False Growth. It will normally run parallel to the normal grains.
This blade has a brown line down the middle as you can see in the photograph. It has been caused by the roots having been cut either by a digger or perhaps a plough. It is rot in the very early stages but not to the detriment of the playing ability.
DEAD KNOT - This is a “dead knot”. The tree has been trimmed up very late and the resulting branch has been left to grow for many years. Before this can be used to make a bat the knot is drilled out and filled. As long as it is not on the face of the bat it will have very little detrimental effect on the playability.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET MY ORDER?
Your order can take between 7 to 31 working days from the date of ordering it. This all depends on stock levels, manufacturing time & where you live. After your order is placed you will receive an email from Cooper Cricket notifying you of the expected turnaround time.
BUYING ON-LINE OR IN STORE?
The Positives of buying online is the Convenience factor. For most people the Internet is the first stop to do any research on a new product so it just makes it easy if you can buy it while you are looking at the product. Also, Geographic situations and lack of transport can make it hard to access retail stores. Time is also another factor. The advantages of online shopping are you can shop when you want no matter what time of day it is.
The Negatives are that you can't come in & pick up & feel the bat that you may like. Correct size and weight is crucial when choosing a bat especially when choosing for the younger players. Every bat is unique in it's own way. Even the same make and model will differ in weight, pickup, grain and rebound. Having said that, the Cooper Cricket experts individually test each bat for rebound ability to ensure our bats are of the highest quality.
The reality is that if you are buying cricket gear, make sure you go & buy it from a cricket specialist be that Cooper Cricket or somebody else so that you can get the best advice & products that are suited to your game. If you go to a generic sports store, the advice you are getting is from someone who just works there & doesn't live & breath cricket for a living so the recommendations may not be the most informed.