The Most Common Issues That Arise In Cricket Bats.
Every bat cracks or splits eventually. Our purpose here is to know the warning signs of when a cricket bat might be vulnerable to breakage and other damage.
Firstly lets look at the most common issues that may arise while using a cricket bat.
Issues Concerning The Handle:
A sign of warning that a handle may be cracking is when the handle of a cricket bat suddenly starts to feel loose. As though its broken.
But a closer inspection reveals no visible cracks or abrasions. This cause may be that the rubber adhesive inside the handle has come undone.
To fix this before an actual split, one must carefully remove the string on the handle and then gently pull the canes apart just enough to insert another layer of adhesive inside.
Once done, re-tie the string and let the bat sit for an approximate 24 hours before testing the bat again.
Ask someone to bowl throw downs at you to check if the bat feels better. If not then you may need to take the bat to a professional repair shop.
The handle/splice of a cricket bat is always susceptible considering how much of an impact it takes every time the ball strikes the bat.
If the splice gives way, then after application of glue use a rubber mallet to tap the handle in place. Remove any excess glue and let it sit for approx. 48 hours.
Look for hairline cracks or splits in the shoulder or splice area of a cricket bat.
Issues Concerning the Toe of the bat:
The toe is perhaps the weakest part of any cricket bat.
Batsmen when facing ‘yorkers’ do the most damage to their cricket bats. Many a cricket bats have been sent to the graveyard because of this.
But if you ask the experts they would recommend that you fix it by applying super glue to the damaged part and then tying it up with twine or bat tape.
Best practice: After every use of your cricket bat carefully examine the toe in order to check for any cracks or hairline abrasions. In case of either, use some form of superglue inside the cracks or abrasions.
The edges of a bat become damaged overtime but this is considered normal wear and tear and does not in any significant way affect the performance of a cricket bat.
If damage occurs, use a some glue to fill up cracks etc. And then use a pro-tec anti-scuff sheet to prevent further damage.
Do’s and Dont’s:
Never over oil a bat. Less is best when it comes to oiling. It is just as dangerous to over oil a bat as it is to under oil.
A thin smear of raw linseed oil should be applied a few times over a season.
Store it in a place that is dry and cool. Always avoid places that are damp and wet.
Do not leave your cricket bat in the boot of your car. This is one of the worst things you can do to a cricket bat, especially in hot summer months of the year.
Do not store your bat near areas that get hot, for ex: radiators, boilers, windows, fire places etc. This will cause the wood to dry out and lose its moisture, which then make a bat vulnerable to damage.
What Type Of Glue Should One Use On Cricket Bats?
Cold wood glue is handy or anything similar will do. You can find these or a variation of these at a local supplies store.
Do not expose your cricket bat to excessive moisture. Always dry your bat immediately if it gets wet in anyway.
(In order to minimise the amount of moisture a bat absorbs through the toe, it is best advised to apply a light coat of marine varnish on the bat.
Most cricket bats can be repaired with glue and repair tape or twine, plus some sandpaper and oil.
Here are a few simple steps to accomplish just that:
- Locate the crack and fill it completely with glue, such as wood glue or superglue.
- Remove any excess glue and allow it to dry for 12 to 24 hours.
- Then sand the area down with a sandpaper between 100 and 220 times.
- Oil the repaired area with raw linseed oil. finally,
- Bind the area with bat tape or twine. If you use twine, soak the twine with glue as you wrap the bat.
This should take care of the regular and most common wear and tear of a cricket bat.
Incase of heavier, more severe damage, consider taking the bat to a professional and getting his opinion on the same.