Karun Nair and his Gray Nicolls Cricket Bat!

Did you notice? Karun Nair and his Gray Nicolls

I am a cricket fan but more than that I am a cricket bat fan. I love noticing the little cricket bat quirks. I have been intrigued that AB De Villiers has been seen training with an MRF cricket bat, does this mean that AB De Villiers will be leaving the Kookaburra cricket bats that he has used for the entirety of his career?

Karun Nair goes big

I also noticed that the MCC has made recommendation that the law be changed to limit the size of cricket bats. How will this affect the game as we know it? Will it stop top edges going for 6?

But most intriguing of all to me was Karun Nair.

Karun Nair scored a magnificent triple century. I watched as India piled on more than 700 runs against a hapless English attack. But all the while I kept on thinking to myself over the long Karun Nair innings, when is the last time I saw an Indian batsman using a Gray Nicolls cricket bat?

Nair was in fact using the Gray Nicolls Pro Performance cricket bat. I cannot even think when is the last time I saw an Indian cricketer using a GM cricket bat or a Kookaburra cricket bat.

Umar Akmal used to use a GM cricket bat and Dinesh Chandimal used a Kookaburra, Kumar Sangakkarra used a Kookaburra for a long while but I cannot remember when is the last time I saw a batsman from India, Pakistan or Sri Lanka using a predominantly English or Australian cricket bat.

It is well known that at lower levels in Indian cricket these bats are very prevalent. There are some GM cricket bats that are even produced in India but is this Karun Nair triple century going to be the beginning of a trend with top professional Indian cricketers using bats like Gray Nicolls. Or will it be a matter of time before we see Karun Nair using an MRF or SG like cricket bat?

This perhaps goes back to another article i wrote about how it always seems to be a Gray Nicolls Cricket Bat that is involved in record breaking knocks.

Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X- Junior Bats

The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X Junior Cricket Bat is a top of the line cricket bat that is built specifically with Junior’s in mind. The willow on these bats is superb and Gray Nicolls have not gone skimpy at all on the willow because it is in the Junior range. Each of these Gary Nicolls Powerbow Junior bats comes with multiple grains.

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Powerboaw generation x cricket bat

The sweet spot is slightly lower than on many of their full size bats but there is overall power all over the bat.The slightly lower sweet spot may be of benefit to junior cricketers in getting them to play with a straight bat. It is classically easier to play the horizontal bat shots with a bat that has a mid to high sweet spot but this Gray Nicolls packs a lot of power all the same. There is slight concaving but this if anything enhances a feather light pick-up and great balance when taking strike and striking the ball.
The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X cricket bat is also a budget friendly cricket bat and for the quality of willow that the bat provides, it is incredibly well priced. Junior bats often need a little more tender loving care as they are handled by juniors, these bats come fitted with a scuff sheet and a lovely neon green toe guard. The neon green matches the stickers and overall young but classy look to the bat.
The Gray Nicolls Powerbow Stripe Generation X is an English Willow cricket bat. There may be slight blemishes on the face of the bat along with also slight curvature on some of the grains but the performance of the Gray Nicolls Powebow is top class.
If you were to be picking a cricket bat on performance as opposed to looks before looking at the price tag, this junior Gray Nicolls cricket bat would be high on the list. It would match some of the pricier cricket bats on offer for its performance.

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.
To find out more about Gray nicolls gear and when we will once again carry the range please email support@cricketstoreonline.com

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.

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.

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.

Gray Nicolls Omega XRD Cricket Bat

There is no doubting the quality of Gray Nicolls Omega XRD Cricket Bat. Their list of ambassadors speak volumes for the quality bats that they produce. Cricketers like Alistair Cook, JP Duminy, David Warner and James Faulkner all use Gray Nicolls cricket bats with great effectiveness. The vogue Gray Nicolls cricket bat at the moment has to be the Gray Nicolls Omega XRD cricket bat. It is the bat that was used in the 2015 Cricket World Cup by Alistair Cook, William Porterfield and Ed Joyce among many.
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The sweet spot on this bat is in the mid to high zone. This would have made it a great weapon during the Cricket World Cup played in Australia on the slightly bouncier pitches. This sweet zone also favors highly players who are great off the back foot and play many horizontal bat shots.
The handle of the bat is an XRD handle. Research and development has gone into producing this handle that reduces vibration to the hands of the batsman and gives maximum output when striking the ball. Another unique facet of this cricket bat is the contour of the shoulders. The shoulders of the bat have been made in a way that takes away nothing from the power of the bat but gives the bat a feather light pick-up.
The English Willow on this Test match level blade is very prominent as the Gray Nicolls bat manufacturers have given this bat a natural blade finish. The natural blade finish on this high quality cricket bat is sure to appeal to purists and those who love the feel of ball straight on willow. You can have scuff sheets professionally applied by cricketstoreonline.com and it will not diminish from the quality of the bat. It is imperative to have this bat properly prepared for play before use and the experts at cricketstoreonline.com are great for that too. A world class cricket bat. Aesthetically pleasing and technologically advanced.

New Balance Cricket Shoes

New Balance, an athletics company that made their name essentially by producing some of the best athletic footwear on the market. New balance Cricket Shoes have since delved like many other big athletic companies into the cricket equipment market and they have done so with great effectiveness. They have produced a great line of bats used by star players like Australian Steve Smith and South African David Miller. Yet, where New Balance stands head and shoulders above all competition is where they first made their mark, with their shoes.

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The New Balance cricket shoes is highly impressive. First things first, when you buy a New Balance cricket shoe, you know you are buying a high quality cricket shoe that is built for durability and hard wearing cricket durability at that. That is provided by the full leather upper. There is no cheap material thrown in, it is a full solid leather upper.
The New balance Cricket Shoes come with toe tips for toe drag for bowlers as they come in to bowl. The toe tip adds durability to the shoe without diminishing any of the comfort of the cricket shoe.
The unique Abzorb sole will no doubt mean that batsmen, bowlers and fielders feel much better after a day on their feet as the Abzorb provides a huge amount of comfort. The new minimalistic approach to cricket shoes is very much a feature of these cricket boots. Gone are the days of big and bulky cricket boots. These cricket shoes made by New Balance offer on average about a 12mm drop. It is this minimalistic approach that has made these cricket shoes the cricket shoes of choice for some of the world’s top bowlers and batsmen.
Dale Steyn has been a user of New Balance cricket shoes for a long while and not many in the business can do it as well as Dale Steyn does. Gone are the days of buying a sturdy pair of trainers only to have them spiked by a shoemaker. The New Balance cricket shoes are the perfect pair of cricket shoes for all cricketers, I even suggest buying more than one pair, the design is impeccable and the price is a bargain.