The bat generally recognised as the oldest bat still in existence is dated 1729 and is on display in the Sandham Room at The Oval in London.. Maintenance. When first purchased, most bats are not ready for immediate use and require knocking-in to allow the soft fibres to strike a hard new cricket ball without causing damage to the bat, and allowing full power to be transferred to the shot.
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.
The bat is traditionally made from willow wood, specifically from a variety of white willow called cricket bat willow (Salix alba var. caerulea), treated with raw (unboiled) linseed oil, which has a protective function.
Linseed oil can be used on its own or blended with combinations of other oils. It creates an excellent medium for most types of painting. It seals the cricket bat to prevent any moisture getting into or out of your cricket bat. Linseed oil for the preparation and maintenance of your bat.
Apr 21, 2009. #2. Re: Cricket Bat Oil and Knocking. Do not use baby oil as it will only cause long term damage to the wood. The only oil you should be using is RAW Linseed oil. As for knocking the bat in, then an old ball in sock will do the job although a bat mallet is probably better.
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