This post is prompted by a story that bamboo, more sustainable than the traditional willow, is being considered as a possible material for making cricket bats. A CONTROVERSY AND A PIECE OF LEGAL PEDANTRY. The laws of cricket currently state in the section codifying what is acceptable in a bat that “the bat shall be made of wood”.
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Willow is stiff and shock-resistant, and also lightweight – which is important for the much wider bats used in cricket. Equally important, said Ben Tinkler-Davies, a materials scientist at Cambridge University, is that the bat needs to look aesthetically good, and make a satisfying sound when it strikes the leather ball.
Since it’s a natural plant in various tropical and temperate regions, bamboo provides a cheaper material for cricket bat manufacturing – which could help the game spread to less developed nations.
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Traditionally cricket bats are made out of willow but could bamboo be a more sustainable option in the future? There are few things quite so synonymous to a sport than the sound of leather on ...