See Whats new in the SG Cricket Gear 2017 range?

SG has produced some superb cricket gear for 2017. There is a lot of SG Cricket Gear to choose from with great quality cricket bats, cricket gloves, cricket shoes and cricket padsWe have done our best to help you out and present 5 stand out pieces of cricket gear from SG in 2017.

1.      SG Player Edition Cricket Bat 2017

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This is the crème de la crème of SG Cricket Bats. It is made with superior limited edition English Willow. It has a very light pick up and huge edges. The mid to low sweet spot gives the bat great balance and immense power. This is the very same type of cricket bat that would be used by an SG professionally contracted cricketer, this SG Cricket Gear it is that good!

2.      SG Sunny Legend Cricket Bat 2017

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The Sunny range of SG cricket bats are of course named after the great Sunil Gavaskar. The SG Sunny cricket bats have for a long while been a favorite among cricketers. The power and performance from the oval shaped handle is immense. A mid to low sweet spot with huge power in every area of the bat with premier English Willow make the SG Sunny Legend cricket bat, a SG Cricket Gear option for 2017. 

3.      SG RSD Select Cricket Bat

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SG has done a superb job in giving variation in their cricket bat range. This includes variation in price. The SG RSD select cricket bat has great specifications with impeccable sweet spot and great hitting power. The bat is made with English Willow and has a very budget friendly price. The quality of the willow is what influences the price but SG Cricket Gear have really done a superb job to keep the price as low as it is on the SG RSD Select Cricket Bat. 

4.      RSD Supalite Batting Pad

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It is not only on the cricket bat front that SG has excelled for 2017. SG has done remarkably well with their softs and protective gear ranges. One of the stand out pieces of gear in the protective gear range from SG is the SG RSD Supalite Batting Pad. The best feature of this cricket batting pad is suggested in the name itself. They are extremely light. The extreme lightness of these cricket batting pads does not have any adverse effect on how incredibly protective they are. They are also very durable. 

5.      SG Test Batting Gloves

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If you are looking for the best cricket batting gloves on the market as loved by many international professionals then the SG Test Batting Gloves are a must-have for this season. The gloves have lots of great protection with added protection on the vulnerable fingers of the bottom hand. They also have great breathability with ventilation and also premium leather palms to ensure that the SG Test batting gloves last a long time. 

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CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

CA Tennis Ball Cricket Bat

 

So, you are a beginner to the game of cricket and have probably begun playing with a tape ball or a tennis ball. This is a very good move, starting off with a tape or Tennis Ball Cricket Bat before moving on to the real hard leather cricket ball, will ensure that you have adequate bat skills before you have to face the hard ball.

Tennis Ball Cricket Bat
This also means that you have to find a bat that will perform with the tape and tennis balls. Many people falsely think that any old bat would do. This is not so, as you probably want to use something a little less expensive, but still something that gives you the feeling of wielding a real cricket bat. This is why the CA Somo Cricket Bat 2014 is a great beginners bat.
It is sturdy and gives the batsman the feeling of a real cricket bat but is specially crafted for optimum play on a tennis or tape ball. CA’s 2014 range is superlative and they have left no market unchartered. The fact that they have gone the lengths to engineer a bat like the Somo with specific tape ball credentials is something worth marveling at.
If this season you will be facing a tape ball before you move up into the cricketing big leagues, the CA Somo Cricket Bat is a great bat to own. It is priced well and also makes for the perfect backyard cricket bat. If treated properly and protected from the elements, there is no reason why the CA Somo Tape Ball Cricket Bat should not last a lifetime.
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David Warner and Steve Smith Use Pink Cricket Bat.

There has been somewhat of a buzz around Pink cricket bat from different players. Chris Gayle used a gold colored cricket bat for the Big Bash 2015-2016 and Andre Russell has gathered a fair bit of publicity with his black colored Spartan cricket bat.

As has become tradition though, the New Year’s Test Match at the Sydney Cricket Ground is known as the Pink Test Match. This is not to be confused with the fact that when they play a Day/Night Test match they use a Pink cricket ball. The Pink Test Match is there to help raise money for the McGrath Foundation. The McGrath Foundation was started by former Australian fast bowler to raise money for breast cancer awareness. This is something close to Mcgrath’s heart after his first wife, Jane McGrath, died of breast cancer.

In this year’s Pink Test Match, the headlines were stolen before lunch by David Warner who became only the fifth batsman ever to score a century before lunch in a Test Match.

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To cricket bat lovers they would have noticed that David Warner was using a brand new Gray Nicolls Kaboom cricket bat and in honor of the Pink Test Match, Gray Nicolls had made special pink cricket bat stickers for the bat for Warner.

Later on the Australian skipper, Steve Smith came out to bat with a brand new New Balance pink cricket bat that had also had the stickers in full pink in honor of the Pink Test Match.

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When you think about it, it kind of makes sense that the Pink Test Match should have been a Day/Night Test match so that they could have used the pink cricket ball.

The way David Warner batted, it seems possible that we will be seeing him come out to bat with that Pink stickered cricket bat once again.

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Cricket Bat Size Law Change

The MCC which governs the laws in the game of cricket have said that they will be implementing a Cricket Bat Size Law Change as to how big a cricket bat can be.

It has long been viewed that the game has been skewed with the batsmen having too much advantage over bowlers. The technology and skill in making modern day cricket bats also meant that mis-hits were going for six and this was something that the MCC wanted eradicated.

The MCC have asked to approve limitations of 40mm on the edge of the cricket bat and 67mm in swell depth. The 67mm is in fact made up of 60mm of swell and 7mm of curvature on the face of the cricket bat.

There are international cricketers that have edges on their cricket bats that are up to or beyond 50mm, they will henceforth need to have their bats remade. A specific cricket bat gauge will be in effect for all professional cricket matches to ensure that all players have cricket bats that conform to the new regulations. A moratorium period will be in effect in the amateur game, during which players will still be allowed to use their current cricket bats with eventually the need for even amateur players to fall in with the new regulations.

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The law is likely to come into effect on the 1st of October 2017, upon approval by a special MCC committee.

The MCC when discussing the laws of cricket also discussed the possibility of having red cards for the first time ever in cricket. This would mean that an umpire could send a player off for the rest of the game if there is a blatant breach in the laws of the game that warrants the player being sent off.

These are some of the changes in the evolving laws of cricket, what are your thoughts on them?

TOP 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR CRICKETERS

TOP 5 GIFT IDEAS FOR CRICKETERS

Cricketers love gifts of cricket equipment, cricket gear and most of all cricket bats. It all depends how much you want to spend on your cricket mad loved ones. So here is the suggestions that we have come up with for the best cricket gift ideas for cricketers this upcoming festive season.

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Cricket Bats

If you really love your cricket friends then you will go straight for the cricket bats. Nothing says I love you to a cricketer more than buying him or her a beautiful cricket bat. If you are looking for the real high end then you will look for the Kookaburra Surge PRO cricket bat or the GM, you may also look at the GM Mana Original LE cricket bat. Cricket Bats are great gift ideas for cricketers.

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There are more budget friendly options in the cricket bat sections too. All of the GM cricket bats for 2017 in the 303 range are superb gifts and also brilliantly priced.

Cricket Shoes

If you happen to know the shoe size then cricket shoes are also a great gift idea for cricketers and not as expensive. One of the great purchases you can make to gift is the Kookaburra PRO 770 spike cricket shoes. There are many other great options when it comes to cricket shoes, this includes the Gray Nicolls PRO Omega cricket shoes that are absolutely top of the range and the latest cricket shoes out there.

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Batting Gloves Under $50

A pair of cricket batting gloves for under $50 is a great gift and doesn’t break the bank. There are so many fantastic pairs of cricket batting gloves that are under $50. The Gray Nicolls F18 600 Batting Gloves is a superb pair of cricket batting gloves that are brilliantly priced and a high quality pair of cricket gloves.  The Gray Nicolls SuperNova 500 cricket gloves are another pair of cricket gloves that are of absolutely top quality that are under 50 dollars. There are also under 50 dollar cricket batting gloves option available from GM, Slazenger and Spartan.

Cricket Sets

If you have beginner cricketers or kid cricketers on your gift list than look at the GM Icon all weather cricket set. These cricket sets are highly durable and the perfect introduction for any cricketer to the game of cricket. The set comes with a cricket bat made of high durability plastic, stumps and a ball. These cricket sets are great for adults too, they are great for beach cricket and even for garden cricket.

Cricket Helmets

Another great gift idea that cricketers always love is a cricket helmet. There are many great cricket helmets out there in a range of budgets from to cricket helmet manufacturers like Shrey and Masuri. The GM Icon GEO cricket helmet is a fantastic cricket helmet that meet all standards and makes for a brilliant gift. The Gray Nicolls Test Opener cricket helmet is yet another superb cricket helmet that makes for a great gift.

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The possibilities are really endless when it comes to cricket gift ideas for all you favorite cricketers out there.

SG Cricket Bats

SG Cricket Bats

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When you think of great Indian cricketers of the past you immediately think of Sunil Gavaskar and then you think of his cricket bat of choice, the Indian made English Willow SG Cricket Bat.

For more than 80 years SG has been churning out some of the best cricket bats in the cricket equipment market.

Where to buy SG Cricket Bats in the USA?

Many people love the quality and attention to detail that SG Cricket bats have but struggle to find a reputable supplier in the USA. You will therefore be very glad to know that SG are now going to be stocked by Cricket Store Online. Cricket Store Online has earned a reputation as America’s premier cricket store with the best and latest cricket gear and cricket equipment. Cricket Store Online is now proud to offer SG to USA cricketers.

Why buy and SG Cricket Bat?

Having dealt with many English Willow cricket bats, like GM cricket bats and Gray Nicolls cricket bats, it seems to be that SG is a cricket bat that really has strength when it comes to a cricket bat for sub-continent conditions. Sub-continent conditions are lower bouncing pitches and a lot of spin and slower building. Many of the pitches in the USA replicate these conditions and the lower sweet spot on many of these SG cricket bats definitely is a huge benefit. Of course SG are great for even the fastest paced bowling too.

Who uses and used SG Cricket Bats?

SG has been used by the greats of Indian cricket. This includes the little master himself Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and as mentioned Sunil Gavaskar. Modern players such as Suresh Raina and West Indian Marlon Samuels also have used or do use SG cricket bats.

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Top Cricket Bats 2016 #5-#1 with a Twist

We continue the countdown of the best bats to look out for in 2016. We are comparing them to motor vehicles. Here is the final 5 on our list and these are the absolute F1 of cricket bats.

5. Hammer Kryo Cricket Bat-Porsche Cayenne

The Hammer Kryo is like the Porsche Cayenne because it is a utility cricket bat with a Porsche engine. It is superbly powerful and also superbly durable. It is much like the Hammer Patriot. Like the Porsche Cayenne it packs a lot of punch in a lightweight and aesthetically pleasing blade. Mid sweet spot and it differs from the Porsche in that it is a very fairly priced cricket bat for a truly world class batting experience.

4. GM Mana Original Cricket Bat-Bentley Continental

GM is the most reliable cricket bat manufacturer in the world. The GM Mana is their latest bat for 2016 and it is superb. It is impressive on the eye and oozes class much like the Bentley Continental. The GM Mana Original is made from Grade 1 English Willow and you can rest assured that GM gets the cream of the crop when it comes to the willow. Like a Bentley it is pleasing on the eye and luxurious to use (if that is possible for cricket bat). It has a superbly light pick-up and a mid sweet spot with virtually no flaws. It is flawless, want to bat with the Bentley cricket bat, then why not give the GM Mana Original a go for 2016. 

3. New Balance DC 1080 cricket bat-Audi A4

The Audi A4 is a classic car and their newest model is shaping up to be a very sought after commodity. The same can be said for the New Balance DC1080 cricket bat. In general, New Balance is the fastest growing cricket brand. Big marquee players like Steve Smith, Joe Root and Ben Stokes are really flying New Balance cricket equipment flag really high. This is for very good reason. Bats like the New Balance DC 1080 have very traditional look but with some great quirks. Quirks like the minimal concaving and the oh so sweet mid sweet spot. The New Balance DC 1080 should definitely be high on your list of sought after bats in 2016.

2. Adidas Pellara Elite Cricket Bat- Aston Martin

There is no doubting that from all the cricket bats available for 2016 the adidas Pellara Elite is one of the coolest cricket bats out there. If James Bond played cricket in 2016, he would use an adidas Pellara Elite. Besides for being an aesthetically  gorgeous cricket bat, it is an absolute high performance cricket bat. It has a slightly lower than middle sweet spot but great power has been imparted to a bat with a really superb balanced feel. This bat is a superb buy for the upcoming season.

1. The Kookaburra Ghost 500 cricket bat- Range Rover

The Kookaburra Ghost 500 is where extreme power and beauty meet. It is perhaps the most powerful in the vast range of cricket bats that has been produced for 2016 by Kookaburra. A slightly shorter blade and longer handle means that there is no bat built for power hitting like the Kookaburra Ghost 500. Superb English Willow and the super spine that grace all of Kookaburra’s bats and you have the complete luxury 4×4 of cricket bats. There is no better place than cricketstoreonline.com to scoop up one of these beauties today before they are gone. These will not last long.

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Can Cricket Bat Makers trick HotSpot?

Can Cricket Bat Makers trick HotSpot?

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Hot Spot uses Infra Reed thermal imaging to determine whether a batsman has hit the ball or not. The science of it is simple but smart. The camera will pick up the heat of where the ball has just hit, therefore an edge on the bat of the batsman will show up brighter on these cameras, thus allowing the 3rd umpire to know if the batsman has snicked the ball or not. So Can Cricket Bat Makers trick HotSpot?

Now, the BCCI, who govern the game in India and India being the biggest cricket playing nation in the world, do not believe in the whole DRS. The DRS is the decision review system whereby a captain or player under certain rules can ask for an on-field umpire decision to be reviewed by a television umpire. There have been many instances of controversy surrounding the DRS and with Hot Spot but nevertheless it has widely been accepted as the best there is to determine whether the ball has hit the cricket bat or not. This is important for both caught behind and the Leg Before Wicket decisions. 

But what if the Cricket bat makers can create a film on the bat that will not be picked up by Hot Spot. We obviously do not condone cheating at all, ever, but this is an interesting concept to ponder.

It is known that Mylar Thermal Blankets have the capabilities of blocking Infra-Red from picking up heat detection. While Mylar is an easily seen material, it would be interesting to see if something less conspicuous can be placed on the face and edges of the batsman’s bat. The material will obviously have to be in a way that it does not effect the performance of the bat.

Cricket Bat Makers are one of the most skilled craftsmen in the world. Not only that, they have the finger on the pulse of everything that is technologically necessary for their trade. This may not be a bridge too far for them too cross to find out how to beat the technology whizzes at Hot Spot.

So while the DRS debate goes on, who knows we may have a new kind of cricket rivalry on our hands.

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GR7 Original Cricket Bat

GR7 Original Cricket Bat

There is scantly a cricket bat brand that is not covered by us here at Cricket Gear Reviews. The GR7 is a very exciting cricket brand and it is receiving rave reviews for very good reason. It is truly a fantastic cricket bat.

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It has all the credentials and foundations of a superb professional level cricket bat but aside from that it also has all the trimmings and trappings of the truly explosive modern day cricket bats. For starters it is made from Grade 1 English Willow. These smaller bespoke bat makers like GR7 are often afforded the luxury of their bat makers selecting all of their premium willow by themselves. This means that the pod shaver is one hundred per cent happy with the grade of the willow he is working with.

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The sweet spot on the GR7 Original Cricket Bat is as middle as it comes. This is a highly traditional cricket bat and has a lot in common with one of the best brands of cricket bat in the world, the Affinity line of cricket bats. The striking similarity between the bats is the fact that both Affinity and GR7 have taken a step back from the really massive edges and gone for a bat that is well weighted and willow driven. The edges on this bat are between 28mm and 33mm, but the bat packs a punch of epic proportions. 

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The standard grip that is fitted on the GR7 Original cricket bat is pure white and Chevron design. The chevron design is known for providing good grip and comfort to the batsman. 

The bat has a weight range of about 2lbs8oz to 2lbs13oz. Yet the balance and overall pickup of the bat is superb. It feels a lot less than it actually is and all the effort has gone in to give maximum amounts of power to every area of the cricket bat.

Traditional in shape with slight concaving and a cambered bat face. All in all, the GR7 Original cricket bat is a masterpiece and well worth its price tag.

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Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

The Bat : Hunts County Caerulex Cricket Bat

You might remember the days when international cricketers were using Hunts County Cricket Bats. Darryl Cullinan was probably the best proponent of Hunts County cricket bats. Hunts County are still producing very high quality cricket bats. One of their bats is the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat. It really is a beautiful bat. The stamp on the blade instead of the sticker gives it a very old feel and allows the beauty of the English willow to come to the fore.The no sticker very much lends itself to the very traditional shape of the bat. This bat is handcrafted in England and the quality of the craftsmanship is quite obvious on the cricket bat. From shoulder to toe, this cricket bat oozes high quality.

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Hunts county cricket bats

Hunts county cricket bats

The Hunts County Caerulex has a very vast weight range starting with 2lbs7oz and going all the way up to about 3lbs2oz. One of the most incredible things about the Hunts County Caerulex cricket bat and all other County cricket bats is the fact that the bats are hand balanced. This means that you can rest assured that the bat has an even weight distribution and a great balance. This particular bat has an elongated sweet spot and a bowed profile. The individual balancing of the cricket bat means that every single bat has been also tested for quality before it leaves the Hunts County production floor.

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The Hunts County Caerulex comes with a toe guard fitted standard and a scale grip. The scale grip is known to give a lot of control to the batsman at the same time it has a negating effect on perspiration that may be present.

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Hunts County have made the Caerulex available in a wide variety of sizes for youth and men. It may not be so traditional nowadays to opt for a Hunts County Cricket bat but this particular cricket bat has all the credentials of a really great cricket bat. 

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