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Jul
16

Why are cricket bats still made of willow?

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Why are cricket bats still made of willow?

Do we have something against the willow, trees in general or sports manufacturing progress in general for some reason?

~its the well suited wood for it.~

Categories : cricket equipment

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~its the well suited wood for it.~
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The bat is traditionally made from willow wood, specifically from the Cricket-bat Willow (Salix alba var. caerulea), treated with linseed oil. This wood is used as it is very tough and shock-resistant, not being significantly dented nor splintering on the impact of a cricket ball at high speed, while also being light in weight.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cricket_bat

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Because of the nature of willow wood… It can be shaped easily and has a close grain. It can take the knocks and so on without splintering or splitting. Does not have knots. An ideal type of wood for the job it has to do .
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Yes they are and the stumps are made from ash.
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Because teak is expensive ! 😉
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Because willows are the best wood which is suitable to play with the cricket balls.
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It's the best material for cricket bats, because, if treated well, the bat won't break when you are hitting the ball.
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Instead of ?

Other woods are either too heavy or too fragile. Although, lately, lighter types of wood have been incorporated into the willow, often in the form of pegs knocked into gaps in the back and sides of the bat.

Metal bats are specifically illegal. Dennis Lillee tried using an aluminium bat in the late 1970s, but it was out-lawed straight afterwards.
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It is still using willow b'coz of bouncy reflections.
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Tradition……and willow trees are ideal for bats……more importantly I think Willow is still used coz the environmentalists are too busy…they have things like global warming,extinction of pandas,nuke pollution etc ect already on their hands…..
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