In order to prolong the life of your bat you should follow our Bat Preparation Guidelines and also take note of the following advice:
Most batsmen “tap” their bat as the bowler approaches. If you must do this then try to think about your bat and the damaging effect it can have.
DON’T tap aggressively hard.
NEVER tap on damp surfaces.
KEEP the toe square and DO NOT overload one corner of the toe.
The toe of a cricket bat is a very vulnerable area of the bat and tapping can cause serious damage. Tapping against the wicket when taking guard compresses fibres which then open out, leading to splits, greater absorption of moisture, de-lamination of the face and irreparable damage.
If your bat does get wet then allow it to dry naturally then inspect it for any signs of swelling or fibres opening up which will need attention.
Use Decent Quality Balls
Organised clubs, matches and leagues usually use decent quality leather cricket balls. However there are a lot of cheap balls on the market which have hard centres and pronounced seams. If someone turns up to nets with a rock hard “cherry” ask them not use it. If you’re a young player ask the coach if the ball is ok to use with your bat. A good coach should know the difference and appreciate the problems an inferior ball can cause.
Make sure you store your bat in a dry, coolish atmosphere. Always avoid excessive heat, damp or cold.
Always use a bat cover. This will stop your bat picking up dents and stud marks from team mates who tread on your bat. When you’re not using you bat, put it in a bat cover and put it safely in your cricket bag away from harm.