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TOP 10 CRICKET BATS 2021

TOP 10 CRICKET BATS 2021

Top 10 Cricket Bats 2020-21

The time has arrived! We've taken a look back on the cricket bats from this season and have selected what we think are the Top 10 Cricket Bats from the 2020/21 season. We've chosen these based on a variety of factors, including quality, willow grade, performance, and value for money. There are certainly other excellent bats that didn't make our list, but we feel like these deserved a top spot!

It's been a crazy year for everyone dealing with the global effects of COVID-19, and its impact on the cricket world has not gone unnoticed. As a result, at the time of filming this video, we had already sold out of some of the season's best bats, but felt they deserved to be on our list anyway!

So without further ado, here's our list! Check out the YouTube video for more!

#10 — New Balance DC 500

New Balance DC 500

Part of New Balance's DC range and modelled after the bat shape of Australian superstar Steve Smith, the value for money in this English willow power bat is essentially unmatched. The Smithy shape and killer performance without the huge price tag earns this bat a spot in our Top 10 for the season.

  • Price: $265 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 5 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.8 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid-to-low

 

#9 — MRF Genius Grand Edition 3.0

MRF Genius Grand Edition 3.0

MRF's entire range has been fantastic this year (no surprises there), but the Genius Grand Edition 3.0 strikes a particularly excellent balance between performance and value for money. Being a Genius model, it's designed in the shape of Indian master Virat Kohli, so you can get a great shape and exceptional performance at a very reasonable price. 

  • Price: $445 AUD
  • Grade: Specially Selected English Willow
  • Weight: 2.7 - 2.9 lbs.
  • Handle: Round
  • Sweet Spot: Mid-to-low

 

#8 — CA Plus 15000 Camo Edition

CA Plus 15000 Camo Edition

When we put out our Top 10 lists, people are always asking us, "Where are the CA bats?" The truth is, CA produces excellent bats year after year, and this season especially, we felt like the Plus 15000 earned its place in our Top 10 list. Plenty of size and beautiful grain in this Grade 1 model, making it one of their best and one of our favourites from the season.

  • Price: $725 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 1 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.8 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Round
  • Sweet Spot: Mid

 

#7 — SS TON Gutsy Retro

SS TON Gutsy Retro

You might not believe it looking at the price tag, but the performance in the SS TON Gutsy Retro is insane, which makes the value for money even more phenomenal. We're not entirely sure how SS managed to get this level of power out of a Grade 5 value match bat — but boy, did they. It's no wonder this bat was flying off the shelves this season, and rightfully earns its place on our list.

  • Price: $175 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 5 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.8 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Round
  • Sweet Spot: Low

 

#6 — Kookaburra Rapid Pro 2.0

Kookaburra Rapid Pro 2.0

Kookaburra is no stranger to our best-of-season lists, and their first entry on our list this year is the Rapid Pro 2.0. Kookaburra does a brilliant job year after year, and the Rapid Pro 2.0 is one of the most reliably solid value for money bats on offer this season. If you want guaranteed performance and reliable quality at a price you can afford, look no further.

  • Price: $475 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 3 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.8 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid-to-low

 

#5 — Gray-Nicolls Ultimate

Gray-Nicolls Ultimate

Appropriately named, the handcrafted Ultimate is made down in Melbourne from an excellent selection of English willow and is one of the finest bats Gray-Nicolls put out this season. Just what you want a handmade cricket bat to be, it features a beautifully full shape with plenty of power to spare, and at a perfect price point.

  • Price: $695 AUD
  • Grade: Superior Player English Willow
  • Weight: 2.7 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid

 

#4 — Kookaburra Ghost Pro Lite

Kookaburra Ghost Pro Lite

A Kingsgrove Sports exclusive, the Ghost Pro Lite is a special variant on the classic Kooka Ghost for players preferring a lighter bat. We routinely sell out of these year after year, and Kookaburra again have produced an exceptional range of bats for us this year. Light pickup, excellent performance, and an incredible price, the Ghost Pro Lite is the whole package if you're after a lightweight bat.

  • Price: $345 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 3 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.7 - 2.9 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid

 

#3 — Kingsport Immortal

Kingsport Immortal

We admit we're a little bit biased, but please believe us when we say that our Kingsport Immortal range this season has been especially incredible. We always aim to give you the best quality for the best price possible, and let's just say you might pay nearly twice as much for a bat of this quality from another brand. The Immortal packs incredible performance in its gorgeous Grade 1 English willow profile, and with a sleek refined sticker design to match. It's definitely one of our favourite picks from the season.

  • Price: $685 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 1 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.7 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid-to-low

 

#2 — Kookaburra Ghost Pro 1.0

Kookaburra Ghost Pro 1.0

Yet another Kookaburra appearance on our list this year, the Ghost Pro 1.0 is the pinnacle of where quality meets value. The pickup, balance, and performance is outstanding, and at this price point, it's no wonder that the Ghost continues to be one of Kookaburra's most popular ranges. Not to mention the killer minimal white sticker design. We love the Ghost, and so do our customers.

  • Price: $655 AUD
  • Grade: Grade 2 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.8 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid-to-low

 

#1 — Gunn & Moore Diamond Ben Stokes Player Edition

GM Diamond Ben Stokes Player Edition

Absolutely elite quality (and the elite price tag to match), but that didn't stop the GM Diamond Ben Stokes Player Edition from completely selling out this season — it's that good. Made specifically to the shape specs of English cricket star Ben Stokes, these bats are, in a word, ridiculous. The ping out of these top-end Grade 1 bats is incredible, and despite the full amount of willow in the shape, the pickup is still exceptionally balanced. Gunn & Moore players bats are consistently some of the best bats in the top-end tier, but in this case, you absolutely get what you pay for, making the Diamond Player Edition our number choice this season.

  • Price: $1,235 AUD
  • Grade: Finest Grade 1 English Willow
  • Weight: 2.9 - 2.10 lbs.
  • Handle: Semi-oval
  • Sweet Spot: Mid-to-low

 

To view the full range of all our cricket bats click here!

 

 

(Note: This list is our subjective opinion of the Top 10 Cricket Bats for the 2020/21 season.)


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Size Chart
Bat Weight Guide
Recommended bat weight based player's on height. These are guidelines only, players may use bats outside their recommended range.
Size Size Abbrev. Player Height (cm) Player Height (feet & inches)
0 0 110 - 122 - 4'
1 1 122 - 129 4' - 4'3"
2 2 129 - 137 4'3" - 4'6"
3 3 137 - 144 4'6" - 4'9"
4 4 144 - 150 4'9" - 4'11"
5 5 150 - 157 4'11" - 5'2"
6 6 157 - 163 5'2" - 5'4"
Harrow H 163 - 168 5'4" - 5'6"
Small Adult SA 168 - 175 5'6" - 5'9"
Standard Handle SH 175+ 5'9"+
Long Blade LB 188+ 6'2"+

 

Batting Gloves
Measure from the wrist to the tip of middle finger.
Size Size Abbrev. Measurement (cm approx.) Measurement (inches approx.)
Extra Small Junior XSJ -14.25 -5.6
Small Junior SJ 14.25 - 15.75 5.6-6.2
Junior J 15.75 - 17.25 6.2-6.8
Youth Y 17.25 - 18.75 6.8-7.4
Small Adult SA 18.75 - 20.25 7.4-8.0
Adult A 20.25 - 21.75 8.0-8.6
Oversized Adult OSA 21.75+ 8.6+

 

Batting Pad
Measure from the top of the foot (ankle bone) to the centre of the knee cap.
Size Size Abbrev. Measurement (cm approx.) Measurement (inches approx.)
Extra Small Junior XSJ -23 -9
Small Junior SJ 23 - 28 9 - 11
Junior J 28 - 33 11 - 13
Youth Y 33 - 38 13 - 15
Small Adult SA 38 - 41 15 - 16
Adult A 41 - 43 16 - 17
Oversized Adult OSA 43 17+

 

Shirt
Measure around the chest from just under the arms.
Size Size Abbrev. Measurement (cm approx.) Measurement (inches approx.)
Junior 6 J6 56 - 59 22.0 - 23.2
Junior 8 J8 59 - 64 23.2 - 25.3
Junior 10 J10 64 - 70 25.3 - 27.6
Junior 12 J12 70 - 76 27.6 - 29.9
Junior 14 J14 76 - 82 29.9 - 32.3
Small S 84 - 92 33.1 - 36.2
Medium M 92 - 100 36.2 - 39.4
Large L 100 - 108 39.4 - 42.5
Extra Large XL 108 - 116 42.5 - 45.7
Double Extra Large 2XL 116 - 124 45.7 - 48.8
Triple Extra Large 3XL 124 - 132 48.8 - 52.0

 

Trouser
Measure around the waist 
Size Size Abbrev. Measurement (cm approx.) Measurement (inches approx.)
Junior 6 J6 53 - 55 20.9 - 21.7
Junior 8 J8 55 - 59 21.7 - 23.2
Junior 10 J10 59 - 63 23.2 - 24.8
Junior 12 J12 63 - 67 24.8 - 26.4
Junior 14 J14 67 - 71 26.4 - 28.0
Small S 76 - 82 29.9 - 32.3
Medium M 82 - 88 32.3 - 34.6
Large L 88 - 96 34.6 - 37.8
Extra Large XL 96 - 104 37.8 - 40.9
Double Extra Large 2XL 104 - 114 40.9 - 44.9
Triple Extra Large 3XL 114 - 124 44.9 - 48.8