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How to Take Care of Your Cricket Bat
Once you have purchased your new cricket bat, you will probably want to begin to start using it immediately. However, before you go out and start hitting those sixes and fours there are a few steps you need to take in order to improve the performance of your bat and increase its lifespan.
Applying Linseed Oil
Linseed oil softens the bat fibres and then knits them together. This makes them supple and able to withstand being hit by the force of the cricket ball at high speed.
Use raw linseed oil or specialized cricket bat oil to treat your bat prior to use is recommended.This will help maintain moisture levels within the bat and reduce the chance of cracking or splitting while playing.
- Raw linseed oil tends to penetrate better than boiled linseed oil.
Using either a soft cloth or paintbrush, lightly apply 5-6 coats (each coat is one teaspoon) of oil to the face, toe an edges.Do not oil the whole bat, just oil the face, toe and edges.
Allow each coat to dry whilst the bat in a horizontal position.The bat should be dry before proceeding to the knocking in.
Using the Mallet
This method is known as "knocking in". It's a process designed to harden the bat thoroughly before use.
Beat the new cricket bat with a hardwood bat mallet.This will harden your bat.
- Hit hard enough to create a dent in themiddleof the bat.
- Check to see if you did make a dent. Then gently knock the face of the bat around this dent to make it level. When done, you should no longer see the dent.
- Round off the edges. Hit with a 45 degree angle to the face. This allows the mallet to compress the willow. Start with one dent on the edge, then gently knock around it to remove it and smooth the edge out.
- In each case, repeatedly strike the face and edges of the bat whilst gradually increasing the force of the strike over time.
- Donotuse the mallet on either the face or the bottom of the bat toe with the mallet.
Hit the ball with the bat as much as you can.This will continue to harden it.
Maintaining the Cricket Bat Over Time
Apply a new coat of linseed all about every 5 to 6 weeks.This will keep it supple.
Store the bat horizontally.Keep it in a cool and dry storage place. Heat and humidity can dry out or warp the bat.
Try to keep the grip of the bat in position.
QuestionCan I use the mallet before oiling?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo. It's better to oil it first and let it dry overnight.Thanks!
QuestionShould I oil my entire bat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI think it's a good idea to oil it completely to give it an equal amount of protection and therefore the best chance of the edges splitting when they are hit.Thanks!
QuestionWhich other oil is best to use before seizing it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerLinseed oil is a good option.Thanks!
QuestionMy bat is an SG proface. How should I oil it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should actually season it instead of oiling it.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use something other than linseed oil to clean my cricket bat?Joshua ChariteCommunity AnswerYes, you can also use vegetable oil, or olive oil.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use any other oil?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, vegetable oil or olive oil would be fine.Thanks!
QuestionCan I follow this process for my old cricket bat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerSure! You can always do it with any cricket bat. Tape for grips and powder to prevent sweat are advised, too.Thanks!
QuestionCan I protect my new cricket bat with bat tape?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Neatly put it down the front and back of your bat so there are no creases or folds - especially on the front.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I oil the bat if it's covered with English tape and a toe guard?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou cannot oil the bat if it is covered in tape. Simply season it instead.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use mustard oil on my bat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMustard oil will over harden your bat. Linseed oil is a better choice.Thanks!
- All bats are pressed, however, “knocking in” is vital. This is the process by which the fibres of the willow in the face and edges are compressed together to form a barrier that protects the bat against the impact of the ball. Effective “knocking in” will significantly improve the performance and lifespan of the bat.
- An old, quality leather cricket ball can be used in place of the mallet.
- Do not allow the bat to become wet either during use or storage (this will cause the toe to swell).
- Do not over oil your bat––more bats are ruined by over oiling than under oiling.
- Do not store your bat in any source of heat such as central heating or moisture such as seepage to avoid the bat becoming brittle and possibly snapping.
- Do not play with the bat with any inappropriate objects, i.e, rubber balls, metal balls, etc.
- Do not stand your bat in oil of any kind.
- Do not use excessively hard cricket balls to knock in the bat, as this could cause damage to the bat.
- Do not overuse your bowling machine.
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