The Citizen (Gauteng)

Is it cricket?


London – If a group of Cambridge University scientists have their way, cricket fans might soon have to become accustomed to the sound of leather on bamboo.

A study conducted by Darshil Shah and Ben Tinkler-Davies of Cambridge University said bats made of laminated bamboo were stronger than those fashioned from the traditiona­l willow.

Apart from being stiffer, bamboo bats were found to have a bigger middle or “sweet spot”.

“This is a batsman’s dream,” Shah was quoted as saying in The Times. “The sweet spot on a bamboo bat makes it much easier to hit a four off a yorker for starters, but it’s exciting for all kinds of strokes.”

The prototype was 40% heavier than traditiona­l bats because bamboo is denser but the research added that lighter blades could be developed.

According to the sport’s governing body Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which regulates the material used to make cricket bats, the blade should “consist solely of wood”. Bamboo is categorise­d as grass. “There would need to be discussion­s with the MCC,” Shah added.

MCC was not immediatel­y available to respond to the innovation. –

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