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Post by jimbohammers Wed 10 Jul 2013, 1:26 pm

Hi guys, just after a bit of help really. I have just bought a new bat and i was wondering what i have to do before i can use it? I have bought the bat oil and a wooden mallet, but do i have to oil the bat? Also the bat is 'pre-knocked, does that mean i don't have to knock it in for too long?

(sorry if they are basic questions, im fairly new to 'playing' cricket)

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Post by Mike Selig Wed 10 Jul 2013, 1:58 pm

Pre-knocked probably means you can get away without using oil. I would knock it in for 1.5-2 hours, spread over 3-4 days; then use it against old balls (either for hitting catches, or in the nets against the spinners) for another couple of hours before trying it in a match. Don't forget to knock in the edges and the toe.

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Post by kingraf Wed 10 Jul 2013, 2:04 pm

I got myself two Adidas Pellaras this year, and I didnt knock them in... Just had a throw down session. Pre-knocked means you dont have to do it. But I would advise you against facing pace without breaking it in
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Post by Mike Selig Wed 10 Jul 2013, 2:13 pm

kingraf wrote:Pre-knocked means you dont have to do it.

Not really... just means they've done some of the work. With very few exceptions, in my experience, pre-knocked in bats still need some knocking in (including TDs, nets against spin, hitting catches, etc.).

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Post by kingraf Wed 10 Jul 2013, 2:46 pm

Thats why I advised against facing pace without breaking it in. My experience, the bat tells you when its fine. My Pellaras needed about 100 TDs, my Icon more, my ARES nearly none.
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Post by jimbohammers Wed 10 Jul 2013, 2:52 pm

Thanks for the advice guys. OK Ill knock it in for a couple more hours just to be safe and will use it in the nets.

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Post by Good Golly I'm Olly Wed 10 Jul 2013, 10:05 pm

Mike Selig wrote: Don't forget to knock in the edges and the toe.

These are the only things I knock in Very Happy 
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Post by kingraf Wed 10 Jul 2013, 10:55 pm

What bat do use? I scored a double ton a few years ago with my Icon, and I probably had a higher average using it, I just dont think its because I knocked it in more. Got close with my Adidas, though, 160ish in a 40-a-side... It was the blind, mind.
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Post by seanmichaels Thu 11 Jul 2013, 10:13 am

Think Selig hit the nail on the head. Should be fine to go but I wouldn't use it against a new ball or one of these sports shop type balls you get that tend to creep in to a net session (incredibly hard for some reason).

With my Bradbury I got the vendor to put a toe guard on and the transparent plastic face covering. I know a lot of people dislike the artificial face (I do) but I only left it on for a few games. If you take care removing it, then give a very light sand and oil, you get the natural effect back but also a bat that won't have surface cracks or chips etc.

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