Cricket is a non-contact bat and ball sport which involves 11 players each side. Cricket bats are made from a fairly soft and fibrous material called willow or Salix Alba Caerulea, commonly known as English Willow or Kashmir Willow. It has to be treated with linseed oil to make the wood waterproof and less likely to split. Cricket bats are available in a range of sizes and weights to suit male, female and junior cricketers.
Cricket Bat Handle
The handle of a cricket bat is cylindrical or slightly oval in shape and covered in a grip to prevent it from slipping out of batsman’s hands. The handle, made from cane, is bound with fine twine which holds together the pieces with rubber stripes inserted. This enhances your grip and absorbs any chances of shock which may occur while hitting the ball.The handle is attached to the body of the bat via a joint called a splice, which is essentially a V-shaped plug. The handle is long enough that the batsman can hold the bat with one hand above the other.
Cricket Bat Shoulder
The top part of a cricket bat closest to the handle is called the shoulder. This part of the bat is not used for striking the ball, although it counts if the ball hits this part of the bat accidentally. The shoulder of a cricket curves down and away from the handle to become part of the main body of the bat.
Cricket Bat Blade
The main body of a cricket bat is called the blade. The rear of the blade has an elevated outward curve called spine that provides strength to the bat while the front of the blade called face is flatter or curved and provides the main striking surface. Some cricket bat blades are covered with hard plastic called extratecto protect the wooden surface from wear and tear. The center of the blade is known as the sweet spot, although batsmen will use different parts of the blade to play different shots. The sweet spot is located at various positions on the surface – low to high. The ball can be clipped and hit at an angle by using the edge of the bat or driven straight off the sweet spot.
Cricket Bat Toe
The toe of the bat is the bottom of the blade and the part of the bat that rests on the ground as the batsman waits to hit the ball. While a batsman does not purposely use the toe of the bat to hit the ball, if the ball should glance off this part of the bat, any runs scored count.