There are a few reasons why willow is the best wood to make cricket bats. Fast Growing; As it only takes around 15 years to harvest this tree, this is a relatively fast growth speed compared to many other trees. Durability; Due to this wood being soft, extremely tough, and very resistant to splitting, this makes for the perfect combination for a cricket bat.
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.
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The bat is traditionally made from willow wood, specifically from a variety of white willow called cricket bat willow ( Salix alba var. caerulea ), treated with raw (unboiled) linseed oil, which has a protective function.
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