Cricket Buying Guide
Want to get a good cricket game started? While this bat and ball team sport tests precision and agility, it never hurts to have a good set of equipment to give you the extra boost you need to bring your team to victory. Check out this guide for tips on buying the best gear for your budget. Then hit the field with 11 of your closest friends and show the other team who's boss!
The Right Cricket Bat
- Top quality cricket bats are made are often made of willow wood from the UK and Kashmir.
- The density and consistency of the grain of the wood affects the bat's balance and performance.
- You need to make sure you have the right size bat for your body--if it's too long or heavy, it can prevent you from having a good stroke technique.
- Many manufacturers make bats specifically for children that are scaled down proportionally in weight and size.
- Heavier bats will always result in a slower bat speed.
- The more narrow grains the better the bat performance overall.
The Right Batting Gloves
Batting gloves are imperative, as they protect your hands and fingers from injury.
- When evaluating glove options, look at the fingers to check that each is flexible and padded.
- Know the length from your wrist to your longest finger's tip in order to choose the right size glove for you.
The Right Batting Pads
Batting pads will protect your legs from injury, so make sure they're comfortable and easy to use.
- They should fit your legs snugly and allow you to move fluidly while batting. Test out different style pads to determine which type meshes best with your batting stance.
- Know the approximate distance down to the instep from the middle of your knee cap. This will help you determine which size pads you should purchase.
The Right Helmet
In a game of cricket, batsmen are required to wear a helmet to protect them from fast-flying balls.
- A helmet should fit well, with the peak protruding from the line of your eyebrows.
- A good helmet should be lightweight and allow for proper airflow to eliminate sweat.
- Make sure your helmet is capable of absorbing shock.
- The helmet should not wobble when you wear it, and it should be fastened with a chin strap for extra security.