Cricket Bat reparation and maintenance is the key to a long cricket bat life. Once you've purchased your cricket bat, the next step is to prepare it for action and then maintain it.
Preparation comes in two phases:
Wood is a natural product that reacts to the climate around it. The willow used for cricket bats are no different. It needs to be fed and treated to maintain its integrity. If the wood dies out it will be prone to cracking. The wood may become hard and you will lose some of the hitting power from the bat. Splitting and braking is inevitable.
After purchase, all cricket bats should be knocked in to prepare them for use in competitive matches. If the bat manufacturer says the bat is pre-knocked in, please ensure you knock in the edges again with a mallet to ensure the edges aren’t too soft as a hardball would make a massive dent on the edges if not properly knocked in. The edges, toe and blade of the bat all need to be sufficiently knocked in, as these areas face large amounts of impact from the cricket ball, therefore making them vulnerable to breakages and damage. Knocking your cricket bat in is an effective way of ensuring that the bat has been compacted enough to prevent impact damage. As the knocking-in process is a very important aspect of preparing your cricket bat for action, it cannot be rushed and must be done carefully. Knocking your cricket bat in is effectively ensuring that the wood of the bat is compact as the fibres are compressed and knitted together. You can get your bat machine knocked in, where the bat is compacted quickly in a short period of time. The view negatives of machine knocking are that your edges aren’t knocked in and you can damage the bat if the bat gets knocked in too hard at the beginning of the bat-knocking-in process.