Pink Cricket Balls

Day-Night Test Cricket is going ahead with Australia scheduled to host New Zealand in Australia for the first day/night test match.

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A lot of testing has gone on to find the right cricket ball to use for Day/Night Test matches. The red cricket ball obviously won’t work as that will create a visibility problem at night for the players. So, the obvious choice would have been to use a white cricket ball with a black sightscreen. 

The problem with the white cricket ball is that they generally tend to lose their hardness and color after 34 overs. This is congruent with the old ICC rules where the white ball was changed at over 34 of an ODI innings. 

So, Kookaburra went to the drawing board to find a cricket ball that not only can be highly visible at night but also retain it’s structure for the required 80 overs. A cricket ball in a Test match may only be changed at the 80 over mark.

After extensive tinkering with the Pink cricket ball, Kookaburra has now come up with a product that has satisfied many of the big cricket boards. It has been tested in Sheffield Shield cricket. Many find it to be “gimmicky” while others have said that it really does solve the problem.

Here is a question for this blog’s readership:

Was it really necessary for them to tinker so much with the cricket ball in coming up with a Pink one? Why not allow the fielding team to get a new-ball after 50 overs? Or is that not Test Match cricket?

There is a lot more to ponder when it comes to Day-Night Test Cricket. The ball will come on to the bat a bit quicker at night and dew can become a huge factor at certain grounds around the world. 

Can you imagine a 5th day pitch with a world class spinner trying to bundle the opposition out but he is not able to because he cannot get a grip on the ball because of dew?

On the other hand, prime time TV slots is sure to attract a bigger audience.

Which side of the Day-Night Test Match do you sit?

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Knocking in a cricket bat, by Cricket Store Online

When you buy a cricket bat, even from a reliable source, the cricket bat is NOT ready to use. Even if the sticker says ready to play, you will still need to do some sort of knocking in. whether it be the edges, toe or the full face. Obviously it is critical to buy the right bat for your size and for your style of play. But a great cricket bat can become a bad cricket bat very quickly if you play with it without preparing it properly. For many preparing their cricket pre or mid season is a labor of love for others it is tedious and there are some that simply don’t know where to start with their cricket bat preparation. 

We strongly suggest that if you fall into the tedious or know idea category of bat preparation buyer you ask a Cricket Store Online expert for either guidance or take advantage of their superb bat preparation services.

The cricket bat before being match ready will undergo oiling. Oiling ensures integrity of the willow. It molds the fibers in the willow to give the willow resilience and a better ping off the face of the cricket bat. Oiling a cricket bat is not as time consuming as knocking a cricket bat in. The bat needs to be knocked in thoroughly to ensure that all of the wood fibers are compounded and pressed together to reduce the possibility of cracking and improve performance. You can buy a top of the range bat and break it in no time if you are careless or lazy about knocking it in.

Cricket Store Online has a machine dedicated to knocking in cricket bats with machine precision for superb consistency and never any missed spots. There is no proof that a hand knocked in bat is better than one that is knocked in by machine. Quite the contrary, the machine delivers more speed, precision, power and efficiency. The problem with humans knocking in cricket bats is that they are inherently lazy and will often use the term ” thats good enough “. As a veteran of about 1000 cricket bats knocked in Jason Mellet of Cricket Store Online knows what he is talking about. Of course once knocked in, all the bats are tested for their performance by a Cricket Store Online expert bat analyst.

Some players will want to add scuff sheets to their bat face or edges and some may wish to add additional grips. Ask Cricket Store Online today about how you can get your cricket bat match ready.

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Gray Nicolls Silver Batting Gloves

Now this is exciting. A brand new range of batting gloves from Gray Nicolls. The Gray Nicolls Silver Batting Gloves.These gloves are virtually a player’s edition quality cricket glove and they are priced initially by Gray Nicolls at an exceptionally good price.

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For starters with a glove, you obviously look at protection. These gloves come with a fully fiber-glassed shell for the most vulnerable leading index finger. That is the kind of protection you want for what is the most exposed part of the hands when you bat. The middle finger of that leading hand is also fiber-glassed to the half way point as that finger is also in the firing line when the batsman faces up to the bowler.
These gloves are simple but very classy with their sausage style finger design. The sausage fingers offer a good deal of flexibility. The thumb is a 3-piece, the 3-piece thumb offers additional flexibility to the thumb of the batsman who uses his thumb mainly to manipulate the balls direction off his bat.
Many bastmen will check the glove to see what kind of protection is offered where the hand will grip the bat. The Gray Nicolls Silver gloves have great Gel-Tek up the side of the glove with a lot of soft fill to give the batsman an extremely comfortable grip on the bat.
The palm of the Gray Nicolls Silver Gloves is made from very high quality leather with extra reinforced patches on the places of the palm that would wear out first.It has superb breathability and ventilation as well as a very large and comfortable sweat band.
The Gray Nicolls Silver Gloves are off course finished with a very high quality and high durability velcro strap that keeps the gloves snugly on the batsman’s hands.
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Hammer Vapen 3 star cricket bat

If you love a good cricket bat but you are on a tight budget then you may have just found yourself an absolute cricket bat winner with the Hammer Vapen 3 Star Cricket Bat. Introduced at the bargain price of $149.99, this is a cricket bat that plays well above its price category.

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Hammer Cricket have proved that they time and time again produce high quality cricket bats at incredibly low prices and the Hammer Vapen 3 Star is no different. The Hammer Vapen was one of Hammer’s best selling bats and the return of this one will be pleasing to many cricketers. It features incredible 40mm edges. You may expect it to be in the 2lbs9oz or the 2lbs12oz range but this bat generally weighs in at 2lbs7oz, that is incredibly well weighted for a bat that has as much willow as the Vapen does.
The profile is beautiful for a mid to low sweet spot cricket bat. The mid to low sweet spot is the preferred sweet spot area for cricketers, particularly those plying their trade in North America. The weight and balance of the bat is also very pleasing. Aside from being feather light for its willow mass, it feels very comfortable and evenly distributed when holding it.
Aesthetically, the Hammer Vapen 3 Star is very pleasing with black and blue stickers highlighting the willow instead of covering it over. The bat comes finished with a toe guard and upon request from the guys at Cricket Store Online can be prepared for match readiness.
At this price, it may not be long before all of these bats are off the shelf. While you at it, check out some of the other great Hammer gear.

Masuri Club Cricket Helmet

Masuri have clearly pulled away from the competition in terms of cricket helmets with their vision series. Players, officials and fans are far more aware of the cricket helmet these days and the Masuri Vision Series Helmets along with the stem guard are offering a high level of protection. Club cricketers will enjoy the Masuri Club Cricket Helmet.

The Club Cricket Helmet from Masuri has a few outstanding features that really make it a winner for club cricketers. The Masuri Club Cricket Helmet is built with Twin Protection in the shell. This means that there is a double layer of protective composite for double the protection and double the durability.
Like all of the Masuri Vision Series Helmets, the Masuri Club Cricket Helmet has Masuri’s unique AIRFLOW Cooling System. This allows for air to flow freely to the head of the batsman. This keeps him cool in even the most heated situations but in no way compromises the safety structure of the helmet. A more comfortable batsman is often a better performing batsman and Masuri have paid attention to that detail.
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The aspect of the Masuri Club Cricket Helmet along with all other Vision Series Helmets that truly sets them “helmet and shoulders” above the rest is the HALO Reinforcement system. This is what truly gives the helmet its protective edge. This unique system minimizes the movement between the peak and the grille. It’s a doubled protective edge as the HALO system automatically reinforces and stands its ground when it is hit by the ball.
All of this can be rather costly but Masuri along with their retailers have done incredibly well to keep the price of this helmet to a very fair price. It is available in an array of colors and with a multitude of sizes to fit juniors and cricketers.

The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat

Australia and England are replete with many small boutique cricket bat makers that are making cricket bats that are rivaling and beating the big name brand bat makers for quality and performance. With a huge populace of cricket lovers, India has relatively few. But the Phoenix is rising in a big way with the making of the The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat. The Phoenix Fireblade cricket bat has all the trimmings and trappings of a really top quality cricket bat.
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The Phoenix Fireblade only comes in Short Handle size with an incredibly light weight range. The weight range is in the 2lbs5oz to the 2lbs9oz. This will make it a remarkably popular bat for batsmen who like a Short Handle bat on the lighter side.
For starters, The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat is made with unbleached natural English Willow. There is 8 to 11 equally spaced straight grains on every one of these bats. So if you like grains and you like them straight then the Phoenix Fire Blade is definitely an appealing bat.
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There is minimal concaving on The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat with 2-3mm. This minimal concaving enhances the power of the bat through the shot. The edges are really impressive with 41-42mm edges on the bat. The most impressive feature of the Phoenix Fireblade cricket bat is the pressing. The pressing is done by hand and it ensures that the bat has a good bow and light pick-up with optimal ping and balance. The bat truly has a great balance and pick-up which is quite incredible for the amount of willow packed into it.
The handle is full and four piece quality cane handle with attention paid to the details of the rubber inserts in the handle to absorb any vibration residue. All in all The Phoenix Fire Blade Cricket Bat is a highly impressive bat with a high attention to detail that you may not get with big name bat brands.

CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat

If you are well experienced with cricket bats and no your really good willow from your average willow then there is only one bat that you want to get your hands on this season. This is the CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat. CA must have some sort of willow tree whisperer that makes the most pristine willow trees grow for them. They are untouchable in terms of the impeccable willow that they consistently churn out from their factory and this bat is made from the best of the best.

There is at least 8 straight grains on every one of these bats, so if you are a grains or a straight grains type of batsman you will have something to shout about with this bat. As with CA bats there is a slight concave and the power is in the very center of the bat. The quality of the willow is such that there is an extended sweet spot that gives power to virtually every part of the bat.

The edges on the CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat are no less than 41mm, that is gigantic by any standard and considering how high the quality of the willow is, it really is a complete package bat.
The pick up and weight distribution on sub-continental bats has always been deemed to be slightly inferior to the English and Aussie made bats. They were deemed to be slightly toe heavy and such but that is completely not the case with the CA 15000 Players Edition Cricket Bat. The weight distribution is very even for a very light pick up across all the bat’s weight ranges. It is easy to see why players as good as Dilshan, Kieron Pollard and Nasir Jamshed are finding good reason to use the CA cricket bats.

Newbery Blitz Cricket Bat

 

One of the joys of watching English County Cricket and the Natwest T20 Blast is that you get to see a wide array of bat brands. From the very common to the very new batmakers you get to see a wide array of supreme looking blades and willows. One of the best looking bats on the county scene at the moment is the Newbery Blitz Cricket Bat. The stable of John Newbery podshavers has always produced pristine cricket bats and the Newbery Blitz is yet another Newbery beauty.

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The Newbery Blitz Cricket Bat has been marketed to be a T20 cricket bat as used this year in the Natwest T20 Blast but the truth is that this bat would be equally handy in any format of the game. It comes in the 2lbs10oz weight range and is feather light for the colossal amount of power that it packs. The profile on this cricket bat is absolutely huge. It leaves little to the imagination as tow hat it can do in the hands of a destructive batsman. Yet its incredible balance allows for much acclaim among batsman who have a more delicate type of touch game.

 

Newbery is saying that the Newbery Blitz is their most powerful cricket bat, that says a lot coming from bat company that produces many fantastically powerful cricket bats. The willow used to make the Newbery Blitz is the finest English Willow that is hand selected by the master podsahvers at Newbery. Other brands such as GM or Gray Nicolls would very well call the Newbery Blitz a limited edition cricket bat or a players edition cricket bat. There is no doubt that the complete bat package offered by the Newbery Blitz is a rarity and should be high on the shopping list of batsman who like a supreme cricket bat.

Gray Nicolls Legends Gold Cricket Bat

If you are into Limited Edition Cricket Bats then the Gray Nicolls Legends Gold Cricket Bat will be right up your corridor of uncertainty. This bat though is no economical fit when it comes to reigning in your rate of spending though as Gray Nicolls have put it up with a recommended retail price of $1200AUD. That is right $1200AUD. Consider that you can buy two top-of-the-line Kookaburra’s or GM’s and many cricket bat fanatics will be wondering if the Gray Nicolls Legends Gold Cricket Bat truly is worth that price.
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Well here are some of ts credentials. It looks the part. It has all the trimmings and trappings of a top cricket bat. Contoured edges, a beautiful Powerarc bow and a lovely profile and spine. There is barely a dead spot on the bat with an elongated mid-point hitting area. But what puts the price of this bat up so high is that Gray Nicolls are only producing 80 of them. Consider that if every player from the Test playing nations wanted one of these bats, there would not be enough and you begin to realize that Gray Nicolls are really trying to produce something very rare and special with the Gray Nicolls Gold Legends Cricket Bat.
Every single one of the Gray Nicolls Legends Gold Cricket Bats are hand crafted by Australian master bat maker Stuart Kranzbuhler. Stuart selected the best 80 clefts of English Willow and created 80 pristine cricket bats. These cricket bats are the Gray Nicolls Legends Cricket Bat.
The Gray Nicolls Legends Cricket Bat comes in a Short Handle size. Purchasers of this bat will either be a very serious cricketer or a collector of rare cricket bats. There is no doubting the extremely high quality of the Gray Nicolls Legends Bat and as they say you pay for what you get.

Kookaburra Tuf Pitch Cricket Ball

It has long been known that the best manufacturers of cricket balls in the world is Kookaburra. Kookaburra Tuf Pitch Cricket Ball. They have been making Test match quality cricket balls for over a century. These balls are known for their pristine manufacturing and their amazing wear and considerable lack of tear.

Players in lower than professional leagues have the longest while complained that the pitches that they play on are more abrasive then professional level cricket pitches. Kookaburra has heard these concerns and developed a cricket ball called the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball. As it’s name suggests this ball is bound to give fielding teams great durability from a superbly high quality cricket ball.
The Tuf Pitch Cricket Ball comes in the color red and is of the standard 156g weight. It is a two piece construction and is specifically designed to withstand tough and rough arduous pitches. The design is not only specific to the selection of the leather but also extra concern goes into the finishing of the ball to ensure that it has an extra level of durability.
Abrasive pitches do not only take their toll on the cover of the ball but also take their toll on the core of the ball. Like all of their cricket balls, Kookaburra invests great effort to ensure that the core of their cricket balls have great round integrity that will remain as such even with heavy use. The core of the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch ball is made from bonded cork and rubber. This blend unique to Kookaburra is superior to anything else being used on the cricket ball manufacturing market.
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All of this leaves the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball with a top grade quality profile. Players and administrators in the North American leagues would be well advised to have a look at the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball as it really does lend itself to rougher surfaces and fields. There is no doubting the quality of the Kookaburra Tuf Pitch cricket ball.

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