Inexpensive: The cheapest cricket bats are children’s toys and can be found for $10 or $15. If you want a real cricket bat, those made to use with softballs and tennis balls start at around $35. These are perfectly good for younger players who are starting to learn the game and for fun games in the park.
READY TO PLAY - Whilst this does mean the bat can be played with right away please see our note below as we believe the more you prepare and look after your bat the better it will serve you. As cricket lovers we believe that a bat is an investment of both your money and your time and with knocking in we believe that the more time and effort you put in, then the bat will perform better and last longer.
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The bat should be knocked in before use with a mallet or a ball. TENNIS BALL CRICKET BAT. Made of handcrafted wood, this cricket bat is designed to be used with a tennis cricket ball only (not recommended for leather balls). The handle is reinforced with firmly wound string and a rubber sleeve for increased durability.
When you get ready to go shopping for cricket equipment, usually the first thing you’re going to buy is the cricket bat. Selecting a bat essentially is a matter of personal preferences and what feels right to you. Regardless of what brand it is, cricket bats are all pretty much the same, therefore don’t get
Pre-prepared means your bat is ready for use after being knocked in and had a light oiling on exposed willow. The way of knowing if your bat is Pre-Prepared is to look if your bat has a little GN silver sticker with PP (Pre-Prepared) or RP (Ready Play) on the top back shoulder. Bats benefit from as much knocking in you can give so we would always advise to knock-in the bat for a further 1 1/2 to 2 hours with a mallet or cricket ball in a sock.
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Before you can use a cricket bat in a game, you have to compress the willow wood on the striking surface, a process called knocking. It can take up to 20,000 hits with a mallet to properly compress the wood, but it’s a necessary process to ensure your bat can take a hit and is ready for the game! 
As promised, here's our video on how to knock in a cricket bat! Hopefully you're ready for the 2018 season, maybe you've got a new bat to prepare. Here's som...
A cricket bat is a specialised piece of equipment used by batsmen in the sport of cricket to hit the ball, typically consisting of a cane handle attached to a flat-fronted willow-wood blade. It may also be used by a batter who is making their ground to avoid a run out, if they hold the bat and touch the ground with it. The length of the bat may be no more than 38 inches and the width no more than 4.25 inches. Its use is first mentioned in 1624. Since 1979, a law change stipulated that bats can o