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The Ultimate Guide to Cricket Bat Care

Cricket bats are not just tools of the trade; they are the lifeblood of a cricketer's performance. At Tornado Sports Company, we understand the importance of maintaining your cricket bat to ensure it performs at its best for as long as possible. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps to take care of your cricket bat.

1. Choosing the Right Bat

Before diving into bat care, it’s crucial to start with the right bat. When selecting a cricket bat, consider factors such as:

  • Willow Type: English willow offers better performance and durability compared to Kashmir willow.
  • Grain Count: Bats with 6-12 straight grains are generally preferred for their balance of performance and longevity.
  • Weight: Choose a bat that feels comfortable and allows you to play your shots with ease.

2. Knocking-In Your Bat

Knocking-in is the process of compressing the fibers of the willow to prepare the bat for match conditions. Here’s how to do it:

Manual Knocking-In

  1. Light Taps: Using a wooden mallet, start by tapping the face and edges of the bat gently. Avoid hitting the toe and edges directly.
  2. Gradual Increase: Gradually increase the force of the taps, paying special attention to the edges and face.
  3. Duration: Continue this process for at least 6-8 hours, spread over several sessions.

Machine Knocking-In

If you prefer a more convenient method, you can use a knocking-in machine or avail of our knocking-in service at Tornado Sports Company.

3. Oiling Your Bat

Oiling helps to maintain the moisture level in the willow, preventing it from drying out and cracking. Follow these steps for proper oiling:

  1. Apply Oil: Use raw linseed oil and apply a thin coat on the face, edges, and back of the bat using a soft cloth. Cricket bat wax can also be used click here to buy 
  2. Avoid Excess: Do not over-oil. Excess oil can make the bat too heavy and reduce performance.
  3. Drying Time: Let the bat dry horizontally for 24 hours.
  4. Repeat: Repeat the process 2-3 times before using the bat.

4. Storing Your Bat

Proper storage is vital to extend the life of your cricket bat:

  • Temperature: Store your bat in a cool, dry place. Avoid leaving it in extreme temperatures, such as a hot car or damp basement.
  • Position: Keep your bat horizontal when not in use to maintain its shape and prevent warping.
  • Cover: Use a bat cover to protect it from dust and accidental knocks.

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5. Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance ensures your bat stays in top condition throughout the season:

  • Inspect: Regularly inspect your bat for any cracks or damage.
  • Sand and Oil: Lightly sand the surface and reapply a thin layer of oil every few months. if you need to buy a cricket wax click here
  • Grip: Ensure the grip is always in good condition for better control and comfort.

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6. Repairing Minor Damages

Minor damages are inevitable, but with prompt action, they can be managed:

  • Cracks: Use bat tape or fibreglass tape to repair small cracks on the surface or apply a scuff sheet
  • Toe Damage: Apply a toe guard or use superglue to fix minor splits at the toe.
  • Edge Cracks: For edge cracks, use fibreglass tape to reinforce the area.

7. End-of-Season Care

At the end of each season, give your bat a thorough inspection and care:

  • Clean: Clean the bat surface with a damp cloth.
  • Sand and Oil: Lightly sand and oil the bat to prepare it for storage.
  • Storage: Store the bat properly to keep it in optimal condition for the next season.


Taking care of your cricket bat ensures it remains in peak condition, allowing you to perform your best on the field. At Tornado Sports Company, we offer a range of services and products to help you maintain your cricket equipment. Visit our website or store for expert advice and quality gear.

Remember, a well-cared-for bat is a reliable bat. Happy batting!

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