We understand how complicated it can be to decide what size cricket bat to buy for yourself or your loved one. The sizes seem to overwhelm most people at first but digging a little deeper reveals that it is not all that complicated after all.

We have put together an easy to understand size guide that will guide you not only understand the various bat sizes and how they are measured but also help measure the right size for you.

The step by step guide to Cricket bat sizes:

Cricket Bat Size Guide

Choosing the correct size cricket bat is vital for the proper technical development of a young cricket player. Therefore, it becomes important for not only players but parents of players to understand what this all means.

It might be tempting to purchase a bat that the child can “grow in to”, keep in mind that he or she will struggle with one that is too long or too heavy.

At a quick glance,

Children’s sizes range from size 1 to size 6, with sizes 3 to 6 being the most commonly available in the marketplace.

Understanding Short and Long Handle Cricket Bats

When looking at senior cricket bats you will see that they come in two forms; Short Handle (SH) or Long Handle (LH). It would normally be advisable for players to choose a short handled cricket bat for increased control.

However if you are tall, i.e. above 6 foot 2 inches it might be advisable for you to select a long handled cricket bat. The Long handle cricket bats however, are much less readily available in the shops due to their niche demand. Many tall players, indeed turn to Short Handles for that very reason.

Junior sizes range all the way from size 1 (smallest) to size 6 (largest) with a transition “Harrow” size for teenagers not yet big enough to take a short handle.

Some manufacturers also offer an “Academy” size which offer an extra step between the traditional Harrow and the Short Handle.

However, For players above 5 7” in height, a full size bat is recommended.

Please note, while using the Cricket Bat Size Chart the following abbreviations may be used. SH: Short Handle, LH: Long Handle, H: Harrow.

Cricket Bats Size Chart


BAT SIZE           SUITABLE AGE           HEIGHT OF BATSMAN           BAT LENGTH           BAT WIDTH


Bat Size 1           4-5 Years Old                  Up to 4ft 3 Inches                  25 1/4 Inches            3 1/2 inches


Bat Size 2           6-7 Years Old                      4ft 3″ – 4ft 6″                          27 3/4″                    3 1/2″


Bat Size 3           8-9 Years Old                      4ft 6″ – 4ft 9″                          28 3/4″                    3 3/4″


Bat Size 4           9-10 Years Old                     4ft 9″ – 4ft 11″                         29 3/4″                   3 3/4″


Bat Size 5           10-11 Years Old                     4ft 11″ – 5ft 2″                         30 3/4″                     4″


Bat Size 6           11-13 Years Old                      5ft 2″ – 5ft 5″                          31 3/4″                     4″


HARROW           12-14 Years Old                      5ft 5″ – 5ft 8″                          32 3/4″                 4″ 1/6″


Short Handle       15+ Years Old                       5ft 8″ – 6ft 3″                          33 1/2″                 4 1/4″


Long Handle        15+ Years Old                        6ft 3″ and above                    34 3/8″                4 1/4″


In Summary,

Cricket Bat size 1:  is most suited for ages 4 to 5 or an average height of 4 feet 3 inches and below.

Cricket Bat size 2:  is most suited for ages 6 to 7 or an average height of 4 ft 3 inches to 4 ft 6 inches.

Cricket Bat size 3:  is most suited for ages 8 to 9 or an average height of 4 ft 6 inches to 4 ft 9 inches.

Cricket Bat size 4:  is most suited for ages 9 to 10 or an average height of 4 ft 9 inches to 4 ft 11 inches.

Cricket Bat size 5:  is most suited for ages 10 to 11 or an average height of 4 ft 11 inches to 5 ft 2 inches.

Cricket Bat size 6:  is most suited for ages 11 to 13 or an average height of 5 ft 2 inches to 5 ft 5 inches.

In Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, two transition bats available for teens and shorter adults are called ‘Harrow’ and ‘Academy’. However, most seem to transition to the short handle cricket bats following ages 13 to 14.

The long handles are for players who are exceptionally tall but the long handle bats are not as easily available as the rest of them.

Laws Concerning Cricket Bat Sizes

Law 6 of the Laws of Cricket, as the rules of the game are known, state that the length of the bat may be no more than 37.9 inches (965 mm) and the width no more than 4.25 inches (108 mm).

Bats typically weigh from 2 Lb 7 Oz to 3 Lb (1.2 to 1.4 kg) though there is no standard. Appendix E of the Laws of Cricket set out more precise specifications.This rule was introduced
following the Monster Bat Incident of 1771.

Legal Specifications

The MCC’s (Marylebone Cricket Club) Law 6 states:

Width and Length – The bat shall be no more than 38 inches/96.5 cm in length. The blade of the cricket bat shall be made solely of wood and shall not exceed 4 1/4 inches/10.8 cm at the widest part.

Covering the Blade – The blade may be covered with material for protection, strengthening or repair. Such material shall not exceed 1/16 inches/1.56 mm in thickness, and shall not be likely to cause unacceptable damage to the ball.

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