Junior cricket bats

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  • Updated:23 Dec 2006



Expert review of 12 junior cricket bats, size Harrow or six, priced from $30 to $175

Our experts assessed the bats for:

  • Comfort and ease of use, including weight, balance and the handle.
  • Playability: the hitting power and size of the sweet spot.
  • Quality of construction.
  • Overall quality and value for money.

Please note: this information was current as of December 2006 but is still a useful guide today.

Our five expert reviewers were:

  • Michael Slater, former test cricketer and top-order batsman.
  • Lisa Sthalekar, current NSW women's cricket captain and vice-captain of the Australian Women’s cricket team.
  • Julian Millichamp, master bat maker.
  • Dean Magee, cricket manager at Kingsgrove Sports Centre in Sydney.
  • David Mason, secretary and coach of the Marrickville RSL Junior Cricket Club. 

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  • Generally, the better the bat, the more you pay for it. But some are much better value for money than others.
  • A brand name or player’s name doesn’t necessarily guarantee a better bat.
  • Make sure the bat fits the player; it’s worth getting advice from a specialist store.

Brands tested

  • AERIAL Kashmir Willow
  • GRAY-NICOLLS Fusion Enforcer
  • GRAY-NICOLLS Powerbow 500
  • KOOKABURRA Genesis 8000
  • KOOKABURRA Kahuna Magic
  • MRF Prodigy
  • PUMA Ballistic 3000
  • PUMA Gilchrist
  • SLAZENGER V23 Kashmir
  • SLAZENGER V389 Select
  • WOODWORM Pieterson Pioneer Torch


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