New cricket bat preparation and knocking in guide.
OX29 Bat Doctor recommends preparing your new cricket bat with at least one coat of oil prior to beginning the knocking in process.
Apply at least one coat of raw linseed oil if you’re going to apply a face to your bat, and anywhere between 3-6 coats if you’re going to leave your bat uncovered. The face will help trap moisture in the blade, whereas an uncovered blade will lose it’s moisture more quickly. Always lay your bat horizontally once you’ve applied the oil, and try to remember to give at least a couple of coats to the toe itself.
One you have decided which route to take, you can then begin the knocking in process. Using a wooden cricket bat mallet, begin by making an indentation on the middle of the bat. Bear in mind that once you have oiled the bat, it will be slightly softer than it was before. Gradually extend this indentation up towards the stickers, out towards the edges, and down to the toe of the bat. Never strike the edges of the bat. Once you are satisfied you have done this, your bat is then ready to try out in the nets.
To begin with, receive throw downs with an old ball and check for seam marks on the blade. This will give you an indication of how much more knocking in your bat may require. Generally speaking, if your bat is still receiving large seam marks from striking the ball, then it will require more knocking in. You can never give it too much at the start!