It's not just about picking out the right bat. You
need to make sure that you look after it and
take care of it to ensure you don't reduce the
You should oil your new cricket bat using linseed
oil before you begin to knock it in.
Start by lightly sanding the surface of the cricket bat
with fine sand paper. Apply 2-3 coats of oil to all the
exposed surfaces of the bat and allow to dry
If your cricket bat has already had an artificial
coating then it's best to avoid putting oil on it.
Remember not to stand the bat in oil as this can
soften the bat and it is more likely to become
It's important that you check your cricket bat after
every match for any signs of damage. You want to
check for cracking or splitting of the wood.
If you have cracked or split it you can repair the
damage by sanding and cleaning the damaged
area, then using super glue or cricket bat tape to
repair any surface cracks.
When the season is over you should avoid storing your
cricket bat in a warm location. Specifically, keep your
bat away from direct sunlight or rooms with high
temperatures as this will cause the bat to dry out.
Another thing to do at the end of the season is to
apply another light coat of linseed oil and again at
the start of the next season. If you manage to take
good care of your cricket bat it should last at least 3-
If you mistreat your cricket bat and don't care
for it properly it will be much more prone to
Cracks on any cricket batsare normal so as long as
you repair them it should last much longer.