Cricket gear Reviews ( CGR ) always wants you to know what is the best cricket equipment for the upcoming year and of course it is most important to start with the bats. Now many of us love and understand cars but cannot quite understand cricket bat specifications, so we at CGR have given these bats their car equivalents, for fun and to make things understandable to you.

10. Puma EvoSpeed Cricket Bat- BMW 3 Series

There is a lot to love about the Puma EvoSpeed cricket bat and not only the fact that it is endorsed by NZ captain Brendon McCullum. Like the 3 Series, when Adam Gilchrist was flaying bowling attacks, PUMA Cricket Bats were the gold standard of a cool cricket bat. The 3 series has lost some of its sheen in the sports sedan market and the same could be said for Puma as the cricket bat market becomes more and more crowded with great cricket bat brands and manufacturers. The BMW 3 Series has super pick-up and the same could be said for the Puma EVOspeed cricket bat. One of the EVOspeeds remarkable features is that it packs so much power with a very light pick-up and a well balanced feel. At number 10 on the list, the PUMA EvoSpeed is a great cricket bat for 2016 as is the BMW 3 Series.

9. The Affinity Spectre – Tesla Model S

Like all of Affinity’s cricket bats, the Spectre is a no frills and no fuss high performance cricket bat. It has a very traditional design and is not swayed by all those bat makers that are bulking up the edges. Affinity cricket bats are all about performance. The Affinity willow is superb and the hand craftsmanship on the Affinity Spectre is clear for all to see. A beautiful pick-up and balance. A lovely mid to slightly low sweet spot and of course superlative finishing for maximum power. And I guess that sums up the Tesla too, not the flashiest car on the road but so elegant and modern in its very own traditional way. Who wouldn’t want a Tesla? Who wouldn’t want an Affinity Spectre Cricket Bat

Affinity Cricket Website, click here.

8. The Kookaburra Kahuna Lite- Cricket Bat- Toyota Corolla

You would bet your cricket batting life that you are going to get a consistently great cricket bat, year after year when you buy a Kookaburra Kahuna Lite cricket bat. And the same rings so true for the ever reliable Toyota Corolla. The Kahuna is the spearhead of the Kookaburra range of cricket bats. The Kahuna Lite is made from Grade 4 English Willow and as such is great for a player that is looking to buy a bat for 2016 on a tighter budget. Like a Toyota Corolla, you always get so much more durability and reliability for your money with a Kookaburra Kahuna. The Kahuna Lite for 2016 has a slightly longer handle and a shorter blade. This makes the bat a lot more powerful because the batsman is allowed a faster bat swing. There you go, like the Corolla more powerful than you think.

Kookaburra website click here.

7. Affinity Carbine PRO Cricket Bat- Mercedes Benz CLA

Can you beat the Affinity Carbine PRO Cricket Bat? Well, can you beat the Benz? The Affinity Carbine PRO is made from the highest quality willow available, Grade 1 English Willow as it is known. It has a highly traditional shape but has some incredible crafting nuances that truly make it the “German Engineering” of cricket bats. There is scantly a dull spot on the entire blade of the Affinity Carbine cricket bat, just like their is scantly anything dull about any part of the Mercedes Benz CLA. There is no big hoo-ha about the edges of the Affinity Carbine PRO, the edges are fairly small but the Carbine PRO has some superb curvature, almost making it like an aerodynamic luxury sports car as the bat meets the ball. The batsman has maximum power as the wood crafting is so superb that the weight is so well distributed to increase swing speed and hence power. Not sure you can beat the Affinity Carbine PRO for 2016, not sure you could beat the Benz CLA, supremely well priced too.

6. Hammer Hel156 PRO Cricket Bat- Lexus ES

Lexus is as its name Acronyms, Luxury for the US. Toyota’s line of luxury cars. The Hammer HEL156 is by all accounts a superb cricket bat out of the US. Highly reliable and highly powerful, that is what makes the Hammer HEL156, one of the top selling cricket bats in the USA. The same could be said for the Lexus ES.The Hel156 PRO cricket bat is made like all of Hammer’s PRO cricket bats from the best Grade 1 English Willow. Players in the USA and all over the world love the incredible weight distribution and pick-up on the Hammer HEL 156 cricket bat. The mid sweet spot like the Lexus ES compliments many drivers, the Hammer HEL 156 compliments hookers, pullers, cutters, sweepers, sloggers and all other types of batsman too. Whether you love the front foot or the back foot, the well priced Hammer Hel 156 Cricket Bat is a great cricket bat choice for 2016.

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