Decoding basic cricket bat terminology

Decoding basic cricket bat terminology


Decoding basic cricket bat terminology


Baffled by cricket bat terminology? You’ve come to the right place to help you select the right Kookaburra cricket bat to meet your needs.

We’ve broken down the cricket bat lingo into language even your grandma can understand.

This is the part of the bat you hit the ball. Typically it’s made from wood, flat on one side and has an edge that runs the whole length of the bat on the other.

Sweet spot
The best position on the bat the ball can connect to allow the batsman maximum control and power . Kookaburra bats are designed so  so it doesn’t matter if the ball is hit off-centre, can still deliver an awesome shot.

Edge profile
A ‘Big Edge’ profile reduces the power loss from off-centre strikes and offers exceptional balance (sometimes referred to as pick up.)

Spine profile
The higher the spine of the bat, the more power that is generated from each hit with minimum effort. Some spine profiles measure up to 64mm, but spine size is contingent on the size and weight of the bat.

Located either side of upper spine area of bat, scallops boost the edge profile, reducing bat rotation and allow the batsman to aim for scoring sixes with minimum effort.

Face profile
A face profile refers to the shape of the blade. A flat face profile maximises the strike area and is the choice of the power-player, while a rounded face profile provide refined direction through the hitting zone and is often the preferred choice of the professional player.

The bow refers to the curve of the bat and allows the batsmen to place their hands in a position to give them enhanced control. Often professional players will opt for a bat with a larger bow, however it generally comes down to personal preference and the style of pitch played on.