There are just a few things you will need to prepare your bat or the blade as it is commonly referred to. A little bottle of good quality linseed oil, a fiber plaster tape to protect your playing surface, a ball hammer or a bat mallet. You must first oil the bat. This is to be done once a year and maybe twice a year in hot and humid countries.
The most optimum oil to use for knocking in/breaking in a cricket bat is raw linseed oil as the properties of the oil tend to lock in the moisture content of the willow and impart a spring-like characteristic to the outer core of wood. This should be the characteristic you should be looking from the oil you use to knock in the bat.
Seasoning of a cricket bat refers to the process of first oiling the cricket bat with linseed oil/bat oil and then hitting the face of the bat repeatedly with an old cricket bat or a wooden bat mallet. Seasoning is done to extend the longevity of the bat as the wooded fibres compress well and thus prevents moisture from settling in.
To oil a bat , apply a small amount of raw linseed oil to the face, edges and back of the bat evenly using your fingers or a soft rag. Avoid the stickers or logos and the splice area of the bat. Make sure not to over oil the bat. Over oiling can cause loss of driving power and rot . Leave the bat horizontal and face up to dry for at least 12- 24 hours.
How to Oil Your Bat. Apply 2-3 teaspoons of oil to the face of the bat. You can use an old piece of rag but it doesn’t matter if you use your fingers. Make sure you don’t oil the splice, or within a CM of the splice. The oil should cover the face of the bat, the edges, the heel, and about 4 CM from the edges on the back of the bat.
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All natural faced bats must be treated using raw linseed or a specialist cricket bat oil. The main purpose of oiling is to maintain moisture levels within the blade, and hence reduce the chances of cracking and splitting.
You should oil your new cricket bat using linseed oil before you begin to it knock-in. Firstly lightly sand the surfaces of the cricket bat with a fine grade of sand paper. Then apply 2-3 light coats of oil to all exposed surfaces of the bat, allowing sufficient time for the bat to dry between coats, usually overnight.
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