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.

david warner pink cricket bat

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.

steve smith pink cricket bat

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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New Balance CK10 Cricket Shoes

New Balance has certainly exploded onto the cricket equipment market with a range of truly high quality cricket bats. Long before that they were making cricket boots and their cricket boots are still of the highest quality. After all, New Balance is and athletics company that made their name making premium athletic shoes and their cricket shoes are definitely no different.

The New Balance CK10 cricket shoe is possibly the best cricket shoe on the market. Much thought has gone into the design of these cricket boots to give cricketers, whether batsmen or bowlers or in the field absolute control, balance and stability.
new balance cricket shoe
In terms of comfort, the CK10 is the first “minimal” cricket shoe. This is truly a shoe and not a cricket boot. The shoe offers the same amount of ankle support as a boot would but it comes with the bonus of not being as weighty or as bulky as cricket boots can sometimes be. The comfort is extended to the mid-sole part of the New Balance CK10 cricket shoes where it has been fitted with New Balance’s renowned REVlite system. The REVlite offers a lightweight feel for the fielders that will be sending long hours on their feet in the field.
Cricketers know how essential balance and control are when it comes to their cricket shoes. The New Balance CK10 cricket shoes have a 4mm drop, New Balance have done this to help the cricketers achieve better proprioception which increases balance and control.

The toe has been reinforced to ensure that it does not wear thin in the area that is put under a lot of stress by the bowlers as they land to deliver the ball and the follow through.

These boots are endorsed by the many players who use New Balance cricket equipment. One of the players to be seen enjoying the use of the New Balance CK10’s is Australia’s Aaron Finch.

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Who makes their cricket bats?

Who makes their cricket bats?

Have you ever wondered why professionals tape the edges of their cricket bats? Or don’t you ever think to yourself that surely Virender Sehwag’s Honda cricket bat was not made by a car company?

The answer to such questions is not such a secret. In different countries around the world there are privately owned cricket bat factories which custom make bats to the required specifications of professionals and amateurs alike. Once the bat has been designed and fitted the player just has to add the stickers of his sponsors and that’s that. It’s as simple as buying spider man stickers and plastering them all over ones scrapbook only here it’s professionals who are being paid to use a bat with a cricket company’s sticker on it.
This being said we must state that this is a minority of cricketers and the majority of cricketers do in fact use a bat manufactured by the company whose stickers are pasted on the cricket bat.
Companies like GM and GN have in house bat makers who care for every need that their pro’s have and custom make each bat to the professionals needs.
We can go through various countries and various cricketers to determine where in fact their bats are actually made.
 In the UK there are cricket bats that are made by Robert Pack who is responsible for many of these “private label cricket bats” in the UK. Notably in England there is an underground network of tunnels perhaps the ‘corridors of uncertainty’ commentators always speak about that are used to smuggle cricket bats stemming from a small barn owned by Tim Keely who producers bats made of the finest willow specified to the customers, who are generally famous professional cricketers, personal needs. A certain Jacques Henry Kallis was rumored to love a Keely made cricket bat as do many South Africans when they tour English shores. In an article published last year it was stated publicly that the great Brian Lara actually called Mr Keeley to hand make him a bat.
Tim Keeley in his barn in sussex in england making cricket bats
Robert Pack cricket bat making video.

In Australia a gentleman by the name of Julian Millichamp is rumored to manufacture bats for the majority of the Australian national team. He is also the person who was responsible for producing those awesome Puma cricket bats Adam Gilchrist crunched many a team with. Australian opener Aaron Finch who uses a New Balance bat recently posted a picture on Instagram of him picking up his bats from the b3 factory In the UK, he even hash tagged #b3.
aaron finch sponsored by NB in the BC cricket factory
Moving on to India which is most likely to provide bats to the rest of the sub-continent. SS and SG are two of the largest bat manufactures in the whole world. Obviously players like Kumar Sangakkara who bats with a SS use bats manufactured by SS too. But SS also produce bats for other brands and other individual players while those players paste their own stickers on it. Those of you who are observant will notice that on all SS bats there is the symbol SS on the edge of the bat. This could possibly be the tape that all of us wonder about such as the tape seen to be used by AB De Villiers in the most recent IPL. SG is also a major manufacturer who apparently make bats for Kookaburra who no longer produce their own bats.
AB

Slazenger is another cricket bat company who no longer produce bats. The famous Duncan Fearnley which Ian Botham wielded made the 2013 Slazenger V12 Limited Edition bats. The rest of Slazenger bats are now produced by FC Shondi. The Hunts County cricket bat which was famously used by Darryl Cullinan is no longer seen on the international circuit. This however does not mean they are not still around, they are one of the main manufacturers for large companies around the cricketing world.

slazenger cricket bats

After making all these discoveries I’m left with an unanswered question. If this is the case where bats are not produced by the companies that we perceive to be making them, then how long until other brands start catching on? I’m looking forward to the day where Samsung and Apple take their battle to the cricket field.
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