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    beginner's equipment

    I have tried some batting and bowling which encouraged me to do cricket bit more serious. Im thinking of buying my own equipment and seek advice on how to choose basic gear properly - ie. what to look for when choosing gloves or whats the best bat for me. Online buy is probably the only way so I wont be able to try the gear on.
    And where to buy for reasonable price of course (though dont know what such price is) when UK e-shops are my only choice due to newly imposed tax on goods from non-EU countries.

    1. bat
    2. pads
    3. gloves
    4. jockstrap
    5. a few balls
    6. helmet


    This list is what I think is basic gear. Im not 100% sure about helmet - its quite expensive I heard and not much used at level at which cricket is played here.
    Any tips are welcome

    Thanks
    Jan

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    I play 4th team cricket and barely use a helmet. If I didn't have one I could easily borrow one if I needed one.

    Probably can manage buying most gear without trying, although there is of course an element of risk. But, really, if you're a beginner any shortcomings in your game will come from you rather than equipment that isn't just right for you. The one exception is gloves. Might be me but I really struggled to find the most comfortable pair. I would err on the side of a lighter bat if buying without trying.

    Ebay should be productive. I got a fair amount of Woodworm gear cheap when they ran into financial trouble a few years back.

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    Don't forget to buy a set of whites. The last thing anyone want's to see is a fat, hairy slob running around a cricket field wearing nothing but a pair of gloves, pads and dirty old jockstrap.

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    ^ Jan doesn't sound like a dude's name

    Anyways, from experience, buying a helmet without trying it first is risky, so I advise you against that. Pads and gloves come in sizes so you've got to ask someone who has experience to gage what size you need before you order. Or if you want, you could walk into a cricket shop and ask to try on stuff, find out which sizes suit you, and then just act as though you're unsatisfied with their stuff and leave

    Getting a bat means money and idk whether you would want to invest in one so early in your career unless there's absolutely no one willing to lend you theirs for a while.


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    @keeper
    Thanks for tips.

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    I am a very white guy myself. When dresses as you describe I could be mistaken for a player wearing whites if seen from distance

    @Daemon
    Its pronounced yuhn and its equivalent of John in English, much better nick than Daemon I think And there are no cricket shops here. As for bat - it seems to me some people are quite reluctant to lend a bat while they have no problems with other gear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan View Post
    @Daemon
    Its pronounced yuhn and its equivalent of John in English, much better nick than Daemon I think And there are no cricket shops here. As for bat - it seems to me some people are quite reluctant to lend a bat while they have no problems with other gear...
    My bad! Anyways, remember to buy a box as well As for the bat, as long as full size is fine for you then I guess you can get em from an online cricket shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    As for the bat, as long as full size is fine for you then I guess you can get em from an online cricket shop.
    Does my height (1.85m) have influence on bat choice?
    Also I looked up some bats and they vary from 2lb x oz to 3lb x oz...the lighter would surely fit me better but I dont want to buy kids bat

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    Height affects the size of bat you want - presumably Long Handle at 1.85m - rather than weight, which is a personal preference. I've always preferred lighter bats, but what matters to me when buying a new blade is where the weight's balanced: something you can't do any way other than picking the bat itself up.

    Also, personally, will never bat without a helmet as no matter what level you're playing at you can still hit it into your own face. You also need a box as well as the jockstrap/jock shorts.
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    Ordered a box from the uk ebay. Good start imho
    Still looking for the other stuff. So far found some cheap and quite decent gloves (the brand is Readers or GM iirc).

    Thanks guys.

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    Awesome. Maybe if you intend to pick up a bat online you could post the link here so others can offer helpful advice

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan View Post
    I have tried some batting and bowling which encouraged me to do cricket bit more serious. Im thinking of buying my own equipment and seek advice on how to choose basic gear properly - ie. what to look for when choosing gloves or whats the best bat for me. Online buy is probably the only way so I wont be able to try the gear on.
    And where to buy for reasonable price of course (though dont know what such price is) when UK e-shops are my only choice due to newly imposed tax on goods from non-EU countries.

    1. bat
    2. pads
    3. gloves
    4. jockstrap
    5. a few balls
    6. helmet


    This list is what I think is basic gear. Im not 100% sure about helmet - its quite expensive I heard and not much used at level at which cricket is played here.
    Any tips are welcome

    Thanks
    Jan

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