Tips For Selecting Correct Cricket Gear
Cricket Bat Sizing Chart
Cricket gear - what you need and what you want.
Selecting cricket gear, whether you are a beginner or experienced player, is a daunting task filled with a surprising amount of pressure in regards to getting gear that is popular and widely accepted. During this hub, I will discuss what gear to get and ways to select that gear.
If you are an experienced cricketer, you should start by going to your local cricket shop and trying all the bats in your size, with your eyes closed, in order to find a bat with a similar weight to your previous one. If you are a new cricketer, it is recommended that you get a bat that is light and allows you to play all the shots in the book, not just drives. You should remember not to chose a bat because your favourite cricketer uses it, but because it suites your needs. Chances are that your favourite cricketer probably just uses the stickers of their sponsor on a hand-crafted bat or a bat from another company.
When selecting protective gear it is important that you try a number of different brands. You should be looking for gear that feels good when you wear it and provides solid protection so you can bat with confidence. For first time or younger players you should get as much protection as you can. Although you might be seen as a wuss, trust me, a lot of protection makes you feel comfortable against the fastest bowler! If you are more experienced, just stick to what you have always used and what you feel comfortable with.
When selecting cricket boots, the main questions you must ask yourself are; what type of pitch will I be playing on, what type of bowler am I (if I bowl at all), and how much cricket do I expect to be playing. If you are playing on turf pitches, it is necessary to buy shoes with spiked soles, as this will allow you to grip the pitch. If you are playing on synthetic or concrete pitches, you should buy rubber soled shoes as you will have the maximum grip on this surface. You can also consider buying interchangeable shoes and a set of both metal spikes and rubber spriggs if you play on different types of pitches often.
If you are a spin bowler or batsman, you might prefer to buy half spiked shoes, that is shoes with the front half spikes and the back half rubber. Spin bowlers and batsman don't like to have to much grip on the heel as it restricts movement.
You should decide on whether to buy white or cream clothes. White is most commonly used in younger grades while cream is usually used in the upper grades. Make sure you select something with good UV protection (50+ preferably) and that doesn't restrict movement. You should also purchase some thick socks that will help you prevent blisters and wick sweat away from the skin to avoid fungal problems.
Some other equipment that you may like to consider is training gear, including training shirts and pants. You may also like to get a wrist band to wipe sweat off of you, bowling markers to mark your run-up and a cricket bag to take your gear to and from games/training.
Hopefully this guide has helped you to get kitted out for your new season of cricket. I hope you have a very successful season!
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