10 BEST GRAY NICOLLS CRICKET BATS

Here is the list of the 10 best Gray-Nicolls Cricket Bats reviewed for 2023/2024. View all the information on every bat that made a list to make an informed purchasing decision. 

Gray Nicolls Cricket Bats - Easy Comparison Guide

🏏Gray Nicolls Cricket Bats✔️Type of Willow🔴Handle type🔥Toe type🏏Sweet Spot☑️Edge👍Weight (Grams)🔎Spine👋Suitable$Price👉Bat size
Astro Players edition batEnglish Willow (Grade1 )Semi-OvalClassic roundMid38-40mm1,134-1,21958-60mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $1200SH
GN Legend EditionEnglish Willow (Grade1 )Semi-OvalClassic roundMid38-40mm1,134-1,21958-60mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $552.SH
Grey Nicolls ClassicEnglish Willow (Grade1 B)Semi-OvalRoundMid-Low37-40mm1,162-124758-60mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $479SH
Grey Nicols VaporEnglish Willow (Grade2-3)Semi-OvalRoundMid36-38mm1,134-1,21956-58mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $369SH
Grey Nicols PredatorEnglish Willow (Grade 1- 2)Semi-OvalRoundMid37-39mm1180-125063-65mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From$499SH
Grey Nicols Alpha rangeEnglish Willow (Grade1)Semi OvalSemi to RoundLow39-40mm1,162-124760-61mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $400SH
Maax Players Edition BatEnglish Willow (Grade 1 and 2)Semi OvalSemi to RoundMid37-40mm1,105-1,21963-65mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $370SH
Gray-Nicolls ScoopEnglish Willow(Grade 3 and 4)Semi Oval to roundRoundMid37-40mm1180-122062-64mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $182SH
Gray Nicolls DeltaEnglish Willow (Grade 3)Semi OvalRoundMid38-40mm1106-119060-62mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $900SH
Gray Nicholls XXXEnglish Willow (Grade 3)Semi OvalRoundMid37-39mm1,105-1,21960-61mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $250SH
Gray Nicholls PowerbowEnglish Willow (Grade 2)Semi-OvalRoundMid37-39mm1180-125063-65mmHeight 5'9 Age 15 +From $150SH

1. Gray Nicolls Legend Edition Ultimate

Gray Nicolls bats are one of the oldest cricket bat brands in the world. The Gray-Nicolls Legend reminds us of the quality, performance, and reputation of the Gray-Nicolls brand in the cricket world. The ultimate of 160 years of bat-making history and heritage is living on. It is still going strong in the AUS cricket market. The Gray Nicolls Legend in Australia is still an iconic cricket bat.

Handle

Semi-oval

Grip

Zone Pro

Face Profile

Curved

Edge Profile

Semi rounded

Edge Thickness

Approximately 40mm

Spine Height

Medium

Scallop

Concave sculpting

Sweet spot

Middle

Bow

The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats 

Toe Profile

Classic round toe

An absolute Gray Nicolls classic, the 2023 Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Bat has only the finest premium Grade 1 unbleached English Willow and traditional blade design!

This bat is perfectly hand crafted and has laser etched branding, encapsulating the quality, performance and reputation of one of cricket’s leading brands! he Legend. A title with a lot to live up to, but one that genuinely befits this
bat’s prestigious reputation at the pinnacle of the game.

Reimagined for the new range, this latest iteration of our most historic mark
has been designed with two simple tenets in mind: the bringing together of
aesthetic beauty and uncompromised performance.
The application of precision branding which is laser-etched on to the bat
encapsulates the high quality and provenance of the Legend mark while the
handcrafted blade, with its concaved profile and mid-swell, makes for a
remarkably well-balanced bat with the lightest of pick-ups.

This is a genuinely stunning marriage of form and function, to compliment
the stroke play of the game’s most stylish hitters.
Made with the absolute highest quality English willow, hand selected to be
part of our premium collection, the Legend features perfect looking wood
and multiple grains.

The Legend is a triumph of quality and performance.
Unassuming class and technological excellence place the Legend range at the
zenith of the Gray-Nicolls collection, with kit that will be sure to put your
game on centre stage. 

 A Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In a way to maximize spine height, taking out willow from either side of the spine allows the spine to peak, without dramatically increasing unnecessary weight to the bat. Scallops also maximize edge profile, reducing blade rotation in off-center hits. A well-scalloped bat made from high-quality willow is the hallmark of this cricket bat.

Gray Nicolls bats- A slight BOW: The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats which allows you to get your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

Gray Nicolls bats- A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle.

Gray Nicolls bats- A flatter FACE: Enhance the sweet spot on the blade and off-center strokes can also be timed to the boundary.

Big Edges: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Gray Nicolls bats- Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A 2-in-1setup that allows favorability to players who like to hit down the ground, but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot.

Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium between a Round and Oval Handle that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape assists alignment and weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play as your top hand is more dominant and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 A semi-square TOE: The bat is fitted with a toe guard but might differ from bat supplier.

2. Astro Players Edition Cricket Bat

The Astro is the newest bat in the 2023-24 GRAY-NICOLLS Australian Range. 

With a immaculate red design. Colors that have been associated with GRAY-NICOLLS since the very beginning of their existence. This bat will be popular this season.

Handle

Semi-oval

Grip

Zone Pro

Face Profile

Curved

Edge Profile

Semi rounded

Edge Thickness

Approximately 40mm

Spine Height

Medium

Scallop

Concave sculpting

Sweet spot

Middle

Bow

The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats 

Toe Profile

Classic round toe

This bat is more for the elite and serious cricketers. These bats are used in provisional and international cricket.

The price is high for this specific bat, but you will get the quality and value for your money in return. 

It has been designed to create the perfect blend of power and pick up, making it a fantastic option for all-round cricketers. Cricketers that are good of the back and front foot.

With a spine that runs through to the toe of the bat, the Astro has been designed for players who like a lightweight cricket bat. 

All-rounders Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Tahlia McGrath and Daryl Mitchell are among the GRAY-NICOLLS athletes using the Astro this season. 

The bat is manufactured in the GN Melbourne Bat Mill and includes a full length bat cover. 

I am confident you’ll be delighted with your new Players’ cricket bat. Trust is everything to a brand like Gray-Nicolls. They have built confidence over generations and it continues to grow as they produce the highest quality cricket bats in the world. 

 

 

 A scalloped PROFILE SHAPE of the Astro: In a way to maximize spine height, taking out willow from either side of the spine allows the spine to peak, without dramatically increasing unnecessary weight to the bat. Scallops also maximize edge profile, reducing blade rotation in off-center hits. A well-scalloped bat made from high-quality willow is the hallmark of this cricket bat.

 A Slight BOW: this is a combination of the traditional and large bow which is the most common when making a cricket bat. You see the subcontinental shape in the bat with a more pronounced bow. This enables the sweet spot to be lower on the blade as well. It is advantageous for use on low pitches.

 High SPINE HEIGHT with a concave spine profile: This profile ensures a lighter pickup and a well-balanced bat. This profile is combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle.

 FACE profile: assists with better control of the bat, because of the flatter face.

 Big EDGES: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

 A Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A two-in-one setup that allows some favorability to players who like to hit down the ground but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot. Do you rarely find yourself on high-bouncing wickets? A synthetic wicket specialist? Or thinking about a tour of the subcontinent? Well, this sweet spot setup could really help some of your shots. Blast a straight drive through the inner field and you’ll know what we mean.

 Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium between a Round and Oval Handle that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment and slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play as your top hand is more dominant and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 A semi-square TOE of the Astro:  Semi square toe is it help minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running between the wickets with your bat, as the toe is slightly offset.

Marcus Stoinis batting with an <a href="https://cricket-bats.com/gray-nicolls-astro/">Astro</a> in the 2023-2024 season

 

3. Gray Nicolls Players Edition

The Classic range features an offset middle. Unlike a regular middle, when offset the edge and spine profiles do not run parallel. In the case of the Classics the edge ‘swells’ lower than the spine. By shifting the middle higher than the edge, this gives the bat good balance and weight distribution, whilst giving a large and sustained middle. 

Handle

Semi-oval

Grip

Zone Pro

Face Profile

Curved

Edge Profile

Semi rounded

Edge Thickness

Approximately 40mm

Spine Height

Medium

Scallop

Concave sculpting

Sweet spot

Middle

Bow

The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats 

Toe Profile

Classic round toe

This bat is more for the elite and serious cricketers. These bats are used in provisional and international cricket.

The price is high for this specific bat, but you will get the quality and value for your money in return. Promising great balance, pickup and feel, the Prestige will perform at any level of cricket. The Prestige has a mid-blade profile which makes it the perfect partner to players equally adept at playing forwards or back. Offering a sustained sweet spot, the Players’ is a dream for high-level club players; has a beautifully balanced pick-up and gives fantastic value for shots.

I am confident you’ll be delighted with your new Players’ cricket bat. Trust is everything to a brand like Gray-Nicolls. They have built confidence over generations and it continues to grow as they produce the highest quality cricket bats in the world. One of those bats is the Players’ bat from the Classic collection.

 

 A scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In a way to maximize spine height, taking out willow from either side of the spine allows the spine to peak, without dramatically increasing unnecessary weight to the bat. Scallops also maximize edge profile, reducing blade rotation in off-center hits. A well-scalloped bat made from high-quality willow is the hallmark of this cricket bat.

 A Slight BOW: this is a combination of the traditional and large bow which is the most common when making a cricket bat. You see the subcontinental shape in the bat with a more pronounced bow. This enables the sweet spot to be lower on the blade as well. It is advantageous for use on low pitches.

 High SPINE HEIGHT with a concave spine profile: This profile ensures a lighter pickup and a well-balanced bat. This profile is combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle.

 FACE profile: assists with better control of the bat, because of the flatter face.

 Big EDGES: The Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

 A Mid to low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A two-in-one setup that allows some favorability to players who like to hit down the ground but still want the benefits of a mid-sweet spot. Do you rarely find yourself on high-bouncing wickets? A synthetic wicket specialist? Or thinking about a tour of the subcontinent? Well, this sweet spot setup could really help some of your shots. Blast a straight drive through the inner field and you’ll know what we mean.

 Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium between a Round and Oval Handle that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment and slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play as your top hand is more dominant and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 A semi-square TOE:  Semi square toe is it help minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running between the wickets with your bat, as the toe is slightly offset.

4. Gray-Nicolls Power Bow Cricket Bat.

The original Power bow, as first seen in 2004 and used on England debut by both Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook. The original design is back in all its glory. The grade sticker falls in line with the rest of the Originals collection. 

Handle

Semi-rounded

Grip

Latex rubber

Face Profile

Flat face

Edge Profile

Semi rounded

Edge Thickness

Approximately 35mm to 38mm Rounded

Spine Height

Approximately 58 mm -60mm

Scallop

Approximately 0,5mm to 1mm

Sweet spot

The whole blade

Bow

 

Toe Profile

 

This bat’s long exaggerated bow is enhanced by an imposing profile and steep spine running from splice to toe.

The well-known and iconic bat will suit any batsman’s game. It has a mid-blade sweet spot. The flatter spine profile assists with a maximum rebound of the blade of the bat.

The maximum edge profile up to 40 mm in width and the spine profile is for extreme power. Developed using exclusive bowing techniques. The huge bow of the blade affords players more control with their hands positioned over the ball.

Coupled with a mid to low profile and power curve face, the super bow will take any player’s game to the next level. The super pick-up was the awesome rebound of the sweet spot. This bat was match ready with a new ball in a short period of time. In my opinion, with just a flick, the ball fly’s to the boundary.

Soft timers of the ball can also hit big shots with power with this bat. Slightly heavier than a normal mid-weight bat in the dead weight. The pickup is still a half-gram lighter in the pickup weight. I will suggest putting in an extra grip to make the handle thicker. The handle is a bat narrow in my opinion.

A long sweeping spine PROFILE SHAPE with a power arc face profile: the bat features a middle swell position and fuller back profile.

A Even Mid BOW: A little bow in this bat is resulting in a higher sweet-spot that is ideal for bouncy pitches.

A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle.

A Power curve rounder FACE: 

Offset large EDGES: The big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

Mid to High SWEET SPOT POSITION: This sweet spot position is more beneficial for bouncy wickets. This bat will assist you a lot with cross bat shots and back foot strokes.

A Semi oval HANDLE TYPE: It has a traction grip that help with control in your hands.

A semi square to square TOE: The main reason for a Semi square toe is it help minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running between the wickets with your bat, as the toe is slightly offset.

5. Gray-Nicolls Vapor 1.3 Players Edition

The shape of the Vapour is the go-to shape for many of our professional players. Featuring a slight duckbill, weight is taken from the toe to compensate for the impressive swell, which really helps the pick-up of the bat. Vapour has a nice bow, almost giving the bat a rainbow effect from top to bottom as it curves towards the toe

Middle

Approximately 135 mm to 230 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 37mm to 39 mm

Edge Profile

Rounded

Face Profile

Semi Flat

Toe Profile

Flat/Square

Spine Height

Approximately 63 mm to 65mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Enhanced Bow

Handle

Round

Grip

Pro-Lite grip

If you are the perfect blend of power and class, the Vapour is a bat for you. The bat has a beautifully light pick-up, with a full profile, large spine and edge profile, and duck bill toe – this is the shape choice of the leading GN International players. 

The green colorway with stickers that spread towards the toe make the bat as imposing as possible.

The bat has a low sweet spot which will benefit players that want to get on the front foot and hit the ball down the ground.

Low middle doesn’t equal a heavy bat. The precision shaping takes weight out of the lower part of the bat and distributes it throughout. Pick-up and balance is near perfect. Large edges match a really imposing spine which will have bowlers looking to retreat at first possible opportunity. A square toe and oval Handle finish this bat elegantly off.

 A Small amount of scalloping that is forming the unique PROFILE SHAPE: A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of this light cricket bat. Concaving profile at the back of the bat ensure the bat is lighter but still have big edges.

 An enhanced BOW: The bat is supported with an aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket on bouncing cricket pitches.

 Reasonable SPINE HEIGHT: The spine of this bat is high enough to ensure the edges are still prominent enough and a lot of wood behind the spine.

 Semi Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

 Normal EDGES: The even normal edges are larger than the biggest edges of the 2000’s. Normal edges are often the calling card of a lightweight bat or a premium bat with a full profile.

 Mid to high SWEET SPOT POSITION:

This mid to high sweetspot will assist a batsman on a bouncy wicket to play all around the ground. It will assist you as a batsmen to play on the front and back foot.

 A round HANDLE TYPE: This handle type will assist the batter to move their hands around the handle to score all around the ground.

 A flat/square TOE: A Flat toe gives more volume to the bat and more weight at the toe of the bat, the toe of the bat just take a lot of wear and tear especially with running between the wickets, sliding their Cricket bat in.

6. Gray-Nicolls Predator Cricket Bats

A big bat with an imposing profile with a mid to high middle. The new Predator has been brought up to date with the new shaping. The one of a kind stickers, graphics and details remain unchanged.

Graynicolls predator flat

Handle

Semi-oval

Grip

Zone Pro traction for maximum grip

Face Profile

Flat face. 

Edge Profile

Offset rounded edges

Edge Thickness

Approximately 37-39mm

Spine Height

Medium

Scallop

Minor concaving

Sweet spot

Middle

Bow

The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats 

Toe Profile

A Semi round toe

A returning classic from the mid-2000s. The Predator Original is ready to dazzle the cricketing world much in the way it did a decade ago.The famous sword-style sticker returns on the back of the blade, made famous by Mark Ramprakash – this is the bat he made his 100th hundred with.

The sweeping edge profile matches the long, pronounced spine, while the Power curve face gives the ultimate feel of the blade. The bat has a shorter handle and longer blade to enhance the sweet spot of the bat. The duckbill profile assists with quick hand speed through the ball.

 A Duckbill PROFILE SHAPE: A duckbill profile adds thickness to the toe yet aids pickup for a better-balanced bat. This is the bat profile preferred by many international players due to the balance and amount of wood left in the bat in the hitting zone. Perfect for front-foot players and on slow low English wickets. This bat is designed for big hitters and for clearing the ropes effortlessly.

 A Standard BOW: The Cricket Bow is the curve of the cricket bat from the tip of the handle to the end of the toe. The Cricket bow is based on the personal preference of you as a batsmen. Some cricket players prefer cricket bats with a larger bow. When seen in profile, you’ll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‘bow’. The regular bow is found in the majority of modern cricket bats which gets your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

 A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: What is the spine of a cricket bat? Cricket Bat Spine is found on the back face of the cricket bat. The spine is the line that runs down the center of the cricket bat’s back starting from the handle running down to the toe.  A higher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle of the bat.

 A Flat FACE: In my opinion a flatter face assist with more willow behind the bat as the flat face assists batsman that are good on straight shots from the front and back foot.

 Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

 A Mid SWEET SPOT POSITION: Not too high or too low, the mid sweet spot position is the most popular setup among all cricket bats. You would be looking for a mid-sweet spot if you see yourself as a ‘complete’ batter. This means if you enjoy strokes on the front and back foot, you play on all types of wickets and you want the largest area for the sweet spot. This setup gives performance both straight and square of the wicket, while allowing players to be confident with an array of shots. This prime sweet spot position is also famous for what many refer to as a ‘balanced’ pickup.

 Semi-Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 Semi round TOE: This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favourite secret recipe.

7. Gray-Nicolls Alpha Cricket Bat range

The Alpha family is a new addition to the Gray-Nicolls range. The stickers on the bat is something new and different. The shape of the bat is self-imposing and will attract a bat enthusiast.

Middle

Approximately 195 mm to 215 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 39 mm

Edge Profile

Semi Rounded

Face Profile

Rounded

Toe Profile

Flat

Spine Height

Approximately 63 mm

Scallop

Approximately 0 mm to 1 mm

Bow

Medium Bow

Handle

Semi-Oval

Grip

Triangular grip

Want to impose yourself on the opposition next season? The Alpha is the bat for you. A generous spine and big edges – combined with mid-to-high middle – create excellent balance and unbelievable pickup.

The design is bold and powerful, everything you might expect from a cricket bat named Alpha. Black, chrome and white stickers build towards the middle of the bat, giving an already imposing piece of willow yet more to strike fear into the hearts of bowlers. The Alpha is lightweight yet powerful, perfect for a player’s first introduction into hardball cricket.

 A Full PROFILE SHAPE: This bat is created to ensure a lightweight pickup with slight concaving to help control the weight. I would recommend this profile for a player who likes the spine running right through the toe and looking for a light bat with the sweet spot being positioned mid to high. Ideal for players who play on the back foot and enjoy using their wrists to pierce the field. A small amount of scalloping (Wood taken out of the back of the bat) is seen in this cricket bats. The goal is to save weight while still making the sweet spot as wide as possible.

 A Standard BOW: The regular bow is found in the majority of modern cricket bats which gets your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

 Medium SPINE HEIGHT: Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle.

 Semi-Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

 Big EDGES: These edges are close to the magic 40mm mark. Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot. Please be aware that junior bats can still have big edges but they will be relative to 40mm due to their size.

 A Mid SWEET SPOT POSITION: Not too high or too low, the mid sweet spot position is the most popular setup among all cricket bats. This setup gives performance both straight and square of the wicket, while allowing players to be confident with an array of shots. This prime sweet spot position is also famous for what many refer to as a ‘balanced’ pickup. The pickup of the bat is the way the weight is distributed through the bat. If it is balanced the pickup will be lighter than the actual weight.

 Rounded HANDLE TYPE: This type of handle assist a player that plays all around the ground and likes to change their grip on the bat regularly.

-A semi-flat or square TOE: This bat needs some form of toe preparation via shoe goo, a toe guard or your favorite secret recipe.

8. Gray Nicolls Maax Limited Edition Cricket Bats

The Maax  is handmade in Australia. It replicates the shape and profiles of international and first-class players.It has a power curve face which enhances the feel of stroke play.

 

Middle

Approximately 195mm to 215mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 32mm to 33mm

Edge Profile

Curved

Face Profile

Semi square

Toe Profile

Rounded

Spine Height

Approximately 62 mm to 64 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Distinct

Handle

Semi Oval in to round

Grip

Pro-Lite grip

The bat is made from low-density English willow to perform at the highest level. This bat has a grade 1 English Willow and a semi-oval handle. The profile is full and has no concaving shape.

The bow of the bat is medium. The pickup of the bat is light and easy. The large edges ensure that the ball can run to the boundary, even with a miss hit.Gray Nicolls MAAX Limited Edition is a Grade 2 natural English willow cricket bat. USP of this bat is grains, which is quite high. Shaped with a high profile to provide feather-light pickup. Contoured Edge Profile for maximal power and perfect balance.

Gray Nicolls Maax LE cricket bat comes in dual-tone (double shade) willow, which is really good for hard hitters without worrying about edge damage.If you want to stand out on the pitch and be a big hitter, the Green MAAX LE is the bat for them. 
Grains – 8-13 grainsWeight – 1160-1200 gmEdges – 39-40mm

 Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In the quest to maximise spine height, gouging willow from either side of the spine allows it to peak without dramatically increasing weight. Scallops also maximise edge profile which reduces rotation of the blade in off-centre hits. A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of a light cricket bat.

 An Enhanced BOW: A very aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket & striking fear into bowlers. The extra leverage towards the toe can be an excellent tool on lower bouncing wickets.

 A High SPINE HEIGHT: A high spine maximises the hitting power of the centre of the cricket bat.

 A Semi-Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

 A Low SWEET SPOT POSITION: Performs at its best when players hit through the ‘V’ with a straight bat. Often favored by those who play at the top of the order or find themselves on lower bouncing wickets. Crush a drive with one of these and the bowlers will know they’re in for trouble.

 Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment, slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

A flat TOE: A Flat toe gives more volume to the bat and more weight at the toe of the bat, the toe of the bat just take a lot of wear and tear especially with running between the wickets, sliding their Cricket bat in.  

9. Hypernova Gen 1.0 Pro Performance Adult Cricket Bats

Brand New for 2023! The Hypernova cricket bat combines a light comfortable pickup with a mid to low sweet spot. This bat is perfect for hitting the ball with power of the front foot. With its striking design and flat face it is sure to be a top seller this year. Handcrafted from grade 2 English Willow. Will you walk to the crease this season with the Hypernova 1.0 Pro Performance in your hand? 

Gray Nicolls bats- Profile: Large hitting area with mid to low sweet spot, long sweeping spine and edges

Gray Nicolls bats-Face: Flat Face for an increased profile.

Gray Nicolls bats- Pick up: Lower balance point to generate power and bat speed, innovative shaping ensures outstanding pick up.

Gray Nicolls bats- Edges: Large edges to match the spine

Gray Nicolls bats- Toe: Square.

Gray Nicolls bats- Handle: Semi Oval.

Gray Nicolls bats-Grip: Traction Grip – High-performance maximum grip.

Gray Nicolls bats- Finish: Extratec

Gray Nicolls bats-Weight: 2lb8-2lb12oz

Middle

Approximately 195mm to 215mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 33mm to 34mm

Edge Profile

Curved

Face Profile

Semi flat

Toe Profile

Semi Square

Spine Height

Approximately 60 mm to 62 mm

Scallop

Approximately 1mm to 2mm

Bow

Enhanced and Distinct

Handle

Semi-Oval

Grip

GM Tech grip

With mid-to-low middle, the Hypernova boasts large hitting area and a long, sweeping spine and pronounced edges that give batters maximum impact.

The flat face of the Hypernova offers an increased profile, while the square toe matches the current trend in the pro game.

Hypernova’s low balance point allows you to generate incredible power and bat speed, while our innovative bat shaping gives incredible pick-up.

The Hypernova 1.0 decals are rendered with tonal blues, which promote a metallic red and fluorescent yellow combination, creating a contrasting multi-coloured finish that is sure the catch the eye. 

Make a serious impact this year with the Hypernova 1.0 Pro Performance.

Features:

  • Profile: Large hitting area with mid to low sweet spot, long sweeping spine and edges.
  • Face: Flat Face for increased profile.
  • Pick up: Lower balance point to generate power and bat speed, innovative shaping ensures outstanding pick up.
  • Edges: Large edges to match the spine.
  • Toe: Square.
  • Handle: Semi Oval.
  • Grip: Traction Grip – High performance maximum grip.
  • Finish: Natural blade
  • Weight: 2lb8-2lb12oz
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A Scalloped PROFILE SHAPE: In the quest to maximize spine height, gouging willow from either side of the spine allows it to peak without dramatically increasing weight. Scallops also maximize edge profile which reduces rotation of the blade in off-center hits. A well scalloped bat made from high quality willow is the hallmark of a light cricket bat.

 A Enhanced BOW: A very aggressive style bow made for attacking cricket & striking fear into bowlers. The extra leverage towards the toe can be an excellent tool on lower bouncing wickets.

High SPINE HEIGHT: A high spine maximizes the hitting power of the center of the cricket bat.

 Semi Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

 Big EDGES: These edges are heading close to the magic 40mm mark. Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot. Please be aware that junior bats can still have big edges but they will be relative to 40mm due to their size.

 Low SWEET SPOT POSITION: Performs at its best when players hit through the ‘V’ with a straight bat. Often favoured by those who play at the top of the order or find themselves on lower bouncing wickets. Crush a drive with one of these and the bowlers will know they’re in for trouble.

 Semi oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment, slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 A Semi square to square TOE:  It is fitted with a toe guard.  The main reason for a Semi square toe is it help minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running between the wickets with your bat, as the toe is slightly offset.

10. Gray Nicolls Delta Cricket Bat

Kane Williamson bats with the Gray Nicolls Delta and you can buy the exact range that he bats with. Mr consistent.

 

Middle

Approximately 215mm to 235mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 37mm to 38mm

Edge Profile

Curved

Face Profile

Semi Flat

Toe Profile

Semi Rounded

Spine Height

Approximately 60mm to 61mm

Scallop

No Scalloping

Bow

Enhanced

Handle

Semi-oval

Grip

GM Tech grip

The Gray Nicolls Delta range features big edges to ensure maximum distance even when you don’t quite middle the ball. The Delta range supports a mid-spine profile.

A mid-spine cricket bat profile will have the spine height peak at the middle position with the shoulder and toe at the least spine height concentrating willow mass around the middle of the blade.

The cricket bat with a mid-spine has a sweet spot at the mid position of the blade. A mid-profile at – tend to suit a batter with no preference for the front or back foot.

These are great bats for hitting strokes all around the ground!!  It has a supremely light pick-up, which will help your stroke play all around the wicket. The bat has a square-toe finish.

I understand why Kane Williamson likes this bat. He is an excellent stroke player. He is excellent on the back foot and drives the ball on the front foot with ease as well. That is why I think he prefers a mid-spine profile bat.

This cricket bat features the new power curve face, which is slightly concaved to promote an extra feel for precision placement. The Delta range has an Extratec finish. Extratec is a self-adhesive bat facing that is easily applied to your cricket bat and protects against surface and edge cracks which can compromise the performance and lifespan of your bat. As bat lovers, we know the relationship between players and their cricket bat is something unique.

 A Duckbill PROFILE SHAPE: A duckbill profile adds thickness to the toe yet aids pickup for a better-balanced bat. This is the bat profile preferred by many international players due to the balance and amount of wood left in the bat in the hitting zone. Perfect for front-foot players and on slow low English wickets. This bat is designed for big hitters and for clearing the ropes effortlessly.

 A Standard BOW: The Cricket Bow is the curve of the cricket bat from the tip of the handle to the end of the toe. The Cricket bow is based on the personal preference of you as a batsmen. Some cricket players prefer cricket bats with a larger bow. When seen in profile, you’ll notice that there is a curve from the bottom of the handle through to the toe. This entire curve is referred to as the ‘bow’. The regular bow is found in the majority of modern cricket bats which gets your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive in your hands.

 A Medium SPINE HEIGHT: What is the spine of a cricket bat? Cricket Bat Spine is found on the back face of the cricket bat. The spine is the line that runs down the center of the cricket bat’s back starting from the handle running down to the toe.  A higher spine or a thicker swell depth represents more willow mass behind the sweet spot. Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle of the bat.

 A Semi-Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat-faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsmen to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

 Big EDGES: Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot.

 A Mid SWEET SPOT POSITION: Not too high or too low, the mid sweet spot position is the most popular setup among all cricket bats. You would be looking for a mid-sweet spot if you see yourself as a ‘complete’ batter. This means if you enjoy strokes on the front and back foot, you play on all types of wickets and you want the largest area for the sweet spot. This setup gives performance both straight and square of the wicket, while allowing players to be confident with an array of shots. This prime sweet spot position is also famous for what many refer to as a ‘balanced’ pickup.

 Semi-Oval to Round HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment slightly and strengthens the top hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

 Semi flat/ square TOE: TA square toe has been widely used by current international players as it enhances pickup and increases the sweet spot right down to the toe. It also gives the feeling of a bigger toe area due to there being less wastage in comparison to the round toe. The main reason for a Semi square toe for the Gunther bat is that it helps minimize damage from tapping at the crease and running in, as the toe is slightly offset.

11. GEM 2.0 Players Cricket Bat

Gray-Nicolls updated the GEM range. This bat range is a specially designed range of bats that have been re-sized to better suit women's cricketers. Bats are slightly lighter with a narrower handle. The new GEM will be used by the likes of Tammy Beaumont, Sophia Dunkley and Alice Capsey.

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Middle

Approximately 200mm to 230 mm from the toe

Edge Thickness

Approximately 37 mm to 39mm

Edge Profile

Curved

Face Profile

Semi Flat (Curved)

Toe Profile

Semi Square

Spine Height

Approximately 63mm to 65mm

Scallop

Minimal to none

Bow

Distinct

Handle

Semi Oval

Grip

GM Tech grip

The mid-blade sweet spot creates a super light pickup, combined with a slightly shorter blade and super short handle, allowing for large edges and maximised sweet spot profile to generate increased bat speeds.

In an eye-catching new aqua colour, the Gem bat is as elegant as it is destructive. The shape of the GEM is designed for power play, with a large hitting zone and mid swell counteracted by a duckbilled toe which ensure a feather-light pick-up. The size of the GEM bat is crucial in how it differs from other bats.

Finding the perfect bat profile is crucial to maximising your performance. The GEM has a large, mid-blade sweet spot and even spine and edge profiles, perfect for play all-around the wicket. GN made the blade slightly shorter. The GEM bat is fractionally narrower and engineered a super short handle, all contributing to a bat that is easier to wield.

This changes allows for greater speed and that batters will find more responsive than before.

Features:

  • Bow: Even – Mid.
  • Profile: Large middle with duck bill shape into toe -creating a large hitting zone and increased
  • bat speed.
  • Face: Flat face.
  • Pick up: Ultra lightweight pick up.
  • Edges: Large edge to match the spine.
  • Toe: Square.
  • Handle: Super short.
  • Grip: Traction: maximum grip

 Full PROFILE SHAPE: The full players style cricket bat is the peak of cricket bat production. This kind of profile is both the most powerful and most forgiving. Such a design is what you will usually see at the international level. A full profile usually means one of two things. Either the bat is constructed from high quality lightweight willow or has an above average weight.

 Standard BOW: The regular bow found in the majority of modern cricket bats which gets your hands slightly ahead of the ball for ease of stroke play. It also helps the cricket bat feel more aggressive.

 Medium SPINE HEIGHT: Often combined with big edges to create a forgiving bat with an extra wide hitting zone which still rewards striking the blade out of the very middle.

 Semi-Flat FACE: One of the latest trends in cricket bat faces was born from the need to add some durability to the edges of flat faced bats. When prepared correctly semi-flat faces bring the benefits of slightly bigger edges, a wider sweet spot plus ‘point and shoot’ aiming of a flat face bat. A slight curve also allows batsman to be confident when using the wrists to manipulate the face angle.

 Big EDGES: These edges are heading close to the magic 40mm mark. Big edges make for a forgiving and powerful cricket bat with a wider sweet spot. Please be aware that junior bats can still have big edges but they will be relative to 40mm due to their size.

 Mid to Low SWEET SPOT POSITION: A hybrid setup that allows some favorability to players who like to hit down the ground but still want the benefits of a mid sweet spot. Rarely find yourself on high bouncing wickets? A synthetic wicket specialist? Or thinking about a tour of the subcontinent? Well this sweet spot setup could really help some of your shots. Blast a drive through the covers and you’ll know what we mean.

 Semi- Oval HANDLE TYPE: A happy medium that brings the benefits of both oval & round handles. This shape aids alignment, slightly weakens the bottom hand for more controlled stroke play and still allows for creative use of the bottom hand.

Flat Square TOE: A Flat toe gives more volume to the bat and more weight at the toe of the bat, the toe of the bat just take a lot of wear and tear especially with running between the wickets, sliding their Cricket bat in. This bat has been fitted with a toe guard.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS PLAYING WITH GRAY-NICOLLS

Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden's career was as one with Gray Nicholls; from his first backyard bat, a present from his mum to his final Test innings, Hayden used just one brand. In fact, the Hayden-Gray Nicolls connection was so strong that in 2003 when rival brands were rapidly getting thicker, bigger and lighter, Hayden approached the company with serious concerns and encouraged them to keep up with the competition. Hayden scored 380 against Zimbabwe with his Gray Nicholls 'Gladius'. Later in his career the Gray-Nicolls 'Fusion' would become Hayden's signature stick. 

The Gray Nicholls Gladius 2003. The Gladius, the sort of bat that declares to those around you that you are planning on sacrificing a fall in your batting average in order to obtain a slight increase in strike rate.  This bat was quite heavy. The GN Gladius is best remembered for a time when the inform Matthew Hayden demolished a touring group of young Zimbabweans. In the WACA on day three witnessing Hayden scoring a crisp 380. Following this innings the Gladius became a must-have bat for the defensively sound batsmen at your local club. The sort of boring bastard who was so defensively impressive that on most occasions you would be trying to be a bit extravagant with your stroke making Despite this the Gladius was a more than respectable axe.

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Matthew Hayden Batting Statistics

Babar Azam

I call him the "Sachin" of Pakistan Cricket. He is Mr. dependable and hit especially his drives with elegance and class. He showed that the Gray-Nicolls Vapour is a masterpiece in his hands. What is really awesome is that there are many Cricket bat brands in Pakistan, but he prefers to play with a Gray-Nicolls in his hands. 

Babar Azam Batting Statstistics

Brian Lara

Brian Lara is one of the batting Legends in West India and in the world. He holds the world record scoring over 500 runs in one test innings.He played with the Scoop when he scored his incredible 375. His Gray-Nicolls Scoop was in the colours red and turquoise blue. When Gray-Nicolls first released the Scoop, the sticker was the width of the grip, on the front and back. The one in a life time feature! The scoop itself had a groove in the back of the bat where the swell would normally be. It was a view mm deep. The design was to be located approximately 38 mm below the splice and 25mm from the bottom of the bat. The groove had a red sticker and had a red grip. This red combination looked ominous and danger was looming with this bat. Lara scored his 375 with the Scoop in 1994, although it wasn’t the banker bat of Gray-Nicolls for that season. The bat colours was the perfect match for Brian Lara. The maroon of the panel was complementing the West Indies helmet, and the blues in sync with the West Indies crest. Lara made 501 not-out for Warwickshire with this one of a kind bat.

Brian Lara Batting Statstistics

Kane Williamson

He has been a Gray-Nicolls player before his international career started. The New Zealand captain is among the world's elite batsmen currently with 13 ODI and 24 Test centuries to his name since 2007. Kane Williamson (New Zealand) from his debut Kane Williamson has been a Gray-Nicolls player. The New Zealand captain is among the world’s elite batsmen currently with 13 ODI and 24 Test centuries to his name since 2007. The technically-gifted right-handed batsman and 2-time world cup finalist made it to the top of the Test batting rankings in December 2020, dethroning Steven Smith.With the way he’s playing these days, he’s sure to become the all-time leading run-scorer for the Black Caps.

Kane Williamson Batting Statstistics

Kane Williamson bats with the Gray Nicolls Delta and you can buy the exact range that he bats with. The Gray Nicolls Delta range features big edges to ensure maximum distance even when you don’t quite middle the ball. The Delta range supports a mid-spine profile. A mid-spine cricket bat profile will have the spine height peak at the middle position with the shoulder and toe at the least spine height concentrating willow mass around the middle of the blade. The cricket bat with a mid-spine has a sweet spot at the mid position of the blade. A mid-profile at – tend to suit a batter with no preference for the front or back foot. These are great bats for hitting strokes all around the ground!!  It has a supremely light pick-up, which will help your stroke play all around the wicket. The bat has a square-toe finish. I understand why Kane likes this bat. He is an excellent stroke player. He is excellent on the back foot and drives the ball on the front foot with ease as well. That is why I think he prefers a mid-spine profile bat. This cricket bat features the new power curve face, which is slightly concaved to promote an extra feel for precision placement. The Delta range has an Extratec finish. Extratec is a self-adhesive bat facing that is easily applied to your cricket bat and protects against surface and edge cracks which can compromise the performance and lifespan of your bat. As bat lovers, we know the relationship between players and their cricket bat is something unique.

 

Tammy Beaumont

Gray-Nicolls signed great international Woman Cricketers. One of them is Tammy. She Batted with the Gem range in the 2022 season. This bat is made with a shorter blade, specifically made for women cricketersOne of the great women opening batsmen in her area. She was only 18 when she made her ODI and T20 debut for Engeland. For a few years, she combined international duty with a degree in Chemistry and Sports Science at Loughborough University. She started her career as a wicket-keeper batsman and since relinquished the gloves to concentrate on her batting. That sparked her batting career as she scored runs at will as a opening batsmen. While a regular player of the England side, she struggled for several years to make an impact at the international level. With her enormous run-scoring for Kent as an opening batsman she was regularly the top run-scorer in the Women's County Championship. This kept her in contention for an England place. 

Tammy Beaumont Career Batting statistics

Gray-Nicolls remains one of the only companies that produce bats in the UK and Australia.Gray-Nicolls has the industry philosophy and capability to be the only company producing bats with control over the entire process. From planting the willow to delivering the bats. Total control ensures quality. Gray-Nicolls have a huge range of bats available for young and old. They cater for the beginner player as well as the serious cricketer.  Within that range is a huge diversity of wood qualities and price points.

Is that not exactly what you are looking for?

If a Gray-Nicolls cricket bat’s has a huge price tag it ensures perfect craftsmanship and increased durability.

The cricket bat manufacturer has been in the business for 160 years and has created bats for many professional players.

In my opinion, the handles of Gray-Nicolls bats are also slightly thinner than normal and oval in shape.  

The Gray-Nicolls bats mostly support medium-sized edges and are medium in weight. It makes it easy to wield shots straight back past the bowler.

Gray-Nicolls offer great options at the top and the bottom level bats for beginner batsmen and also for professional cricket players.

If you’re fairly new to cricket, play at a friendly level (or bat down the order) or are just working on a smaller budget, they have something that looks smart and does the job for a price you can afford.

Similarly, if you’re willing to edge towards the top of the market, you can be sure Gray-Nicolls have high-performance bats to suit your needs. The superb finish and beautiful design of all the Gray-Nicolls cricket bats are hands down the nicest looking gear about and have been for years!

One of the oldest manufacturers of cricket bats. The Gray Company was founded as H.J. Gray and Sons by H.J. Gray in 1855. This company later began manufacturing cricket bats for Cambridge university cricketers and remained a family business. L.J. Nicolls started manufacturing cricket bats in 1876. Gray Nicolls Cricket is established in 1855 and from 1855 they produced cricket equipment. In 1860 GN opened a cricket ball factory and starts produces quality cricket balls. In 1891 Gray Nicolls opened a factory in London, UK. Gray Nicolls with its mammoth experience in cricket equipment industries produces quality equipment for all types of cricket players. These two manufacturers merged in the early 1940s and thus Gray-Nicolls was formed.

The brand went from strength to strength in the 1950s and ’60s and at one stage the captains of all 5 test playing countries (Ted Dexter, Richie Benaud, Frank Worrell, John Reid and Trevor Goddard) all used Gray-Nicolls.

The Gray-Nicolls brand can boast about international centurions over the past decade and presently. Gray-Nicolls cricket bats are still used by the game’s elite who are constantly re-writing the record books.

In the 1970s Gray-Nicolls was the first to introduce colored labels. Top Cricketers using the trend-setting Gray-Nicolls red flash included the Chappell brothers, Clive Lloyd, Tony Gregg and Barry Richards. In 1974 the company broke new ground with the introduction of the revolutionary scoop bat. A new Gray-Nicolls factory was opened in Melbourne to supply the growing demand from the Australian and New Zealand markets. Former legends of the game that played with Gray-Nicolls in the past decade.

The Gray-Nicolls Custom Bat Builder enables you to customise a wide range of aspects for your custom bat. These aspects are the willow quality (Grade of the Wood), length of the blade, specific handle type and length of the handle, bat weight, the special face and bat profile, bat sticker, grip colour and toe shape

Conclusion

Why Gray-Nicolls?

Over a decade of experience in bat making, they have perfected their bats by making each bat with love and dedication. All their bats are handmade.

 If you’re in the market for a high-quality cricket bat, look no further than Gray-Nicolls. All the cricketers in my list have different playing styles, which shows you what an incredibly versatile range this top cricket brand has to offer. If you take into account their specific wood, batting profiles, shapes off the bow and spine, sizes, weight and Willow quality.

Return policyWarranty and Guarantees

The different Brand suppliers have different return policies. Normally there is no warranty or guarantee on cricket bats. The reason is the nature of the game called Cricket.

Some companies and online suppliers can have their own rules regarding the first week of purchase. The return of the product might be possible if you are not satisfied with the bat or product and the product is still in sellable condition. That will depend on the specific store and supplier.

There can be mishaps with the online shopping experience is great in terms of range, price and delivery.

 I bought an item from your website. But this is not what I want. Can I give it back?

Yes, you can. However, there might be limitations to accepting back-sold goods. The date of delivery and the date of return should not be more than 7 days apart.

 Returned items need to be in an unused state along with all the product tags and labels intact.

  • What do I do? I received a broken/damaged item.

Cricket Equipment suppliers will have their own procedures they would follow.

I would suggest making sure that you check the return policy and procedures before you buy a Cricket Item online.

Disclaimer: This article is only my opinion on the specific bat Brand. I can’t be held responsible for the wrong bats purchased.

References

 www.sportskeeda.com www.sportskeeda.com, bestcricketstore.com and www.cricketershop.com, Facebook for pictures, ESPN Cric info and free Wikipedia encyclopedia. All Rounder Cricket – Cricket Equipment and Cricket Bats Store, facebook.com for pictures, https://photos.google.com/,https://www.espncricinfo.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page, Amazon.com. Online Shopping site in India: Shop Online for Mobiles, Books, Watches, Shoes and More – Amazon.in,www.playwiththebest.com, https://gmcricket.in/

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