Preparing cricket bats for use can really be difficult and for someone who is inexperienced and don't have much knowledge of the game it can be really hard to grasp. Which is why in this article I intend to clear any doubt and help you prepare your cricket quickly and easily.
If cricket bats aren't prepared properly and can result in a drop in performance from you and could also permanently damage the bat and even snap the bat meaning possible 100's of pounds worth of damage. By preparing the bat it will also help you get the ball to the boundary easier and make it easier for you to bat and make it more comfortable.
Gripping is the process of applying a new rubber grip to the cricket bat for a comfortable hold and to absorb any vibrations when hitting the ball. The grips can be bought for a few pounds and there are two really good ways of applying them. If you own a batting cone you can put the grip on the cone roll it up into a doughnut like shape and then roll it off the applicator and onto the bat. If you don't own one of these batting cones another you could use is thread a carrier bag through the grip and simply pull the handles over the bat and rip the bag when applied. Appliance of grip can be made easier either by soaking in warm soapy water or by applying washing up liquid.
Knocking in is the process to harden the wood if not done it will mean when hitting the ball the bat will be dented and could possibly snap or crack. There are also two ways of doing this and its choice you can either spend money or be ready for a lot of hard work. You could either hit the bat with a bat mallet or an old cricket ball for about an hour a day for 5-6 days or you could give it to a shop with a machine press and pay them about £10 to do it for you in a machine which hits the bat about six thousand times.
Oiling helps the bat stay firm this is a very easy process it just involves buying a small bottle of linseed oil and with a cloth gently rubbing it on the face of the bat.
Other things you could do to protect the bat are by applying a toe grip to stop the bat getting damp or snapping at the toe. You could also apply an anti scuff sheet to protect the face of the bat both are very cheap solutions.
In conclusion there are many ways you can protect your bat all of them being very cheap and remember having the bat properly prepared is more important than the type of the bat.