Do’s and Don’ts of Cricket Bats
DO NOT take your dismissal out on the cricket bat once you get in the change rooms.
DO NOT use your cricket bat against cheap hard cricket balls, this will damage the bat.
DO NOT leave your cricket bat in the hot boot of a car. This is one of the worst things you can do especially in hot summer months when cricket is played. Both heat and humidity can dry out a bat.
DO NOT expose your cricket bat to excessive moisture or rain. Always dry your bat immediately if it does get wet. (To minimise absorption through the toe of the bat feel free to give this area a light coat of varnish.)
DO NOT OVER OIL your cricket bat. Less is best when it comes to oiling. Specialized cricket bat oils or raw Linseed Oil works best. About 1 teaspoon is enough for 1 coat that covers the toe, face and edges. Do not oil the whole bat.
DO NOT try to discover the aerodynamic capabilities of your cricket bat after a dismissal. Cricket bats were not designed to fly and throwing your bat is one of the silliest things you can do to it. We have never known a cricket bat to be responsible for a dismissal anyway!
DO take care of your cricket bat.
DO prepare and Run your cricket bat in correctly.
DO oil your cricket bat regularly (a very, very light coating once every few months).
DO store the cricket bat in a cool dry location away from excessive heat or moisture.
DO inspect the bat regularly for damages and repair promptly.
DO store your cricket bat in a horizontal position always.
And ….. DO go out and make runs with it!