So which is it in your opinion. Kookaburra GM or something else?
Seems interesting to me that no one brand has ever cornered the market amongst international players - are they all equal?
What are your views.
Brand attatchment with cricket bats is pretty stupid imo, they all make great bats. If if it feels good, use it.
Exit pursuing a beerOriginally Posted by Jimmy Neesham
DFs used to the worst bats in the world - so poorly balanced. Kookaburra's didn't used to be much chop and then they really improved about 10 years ago.
I know Jesse Ryder shares your view though having changed brand in the middle of a series.
That's what I mean - for any one person some brands/bats will be unusable, some will feel perfect, then you ask another person and they have the opposite opinion.
On Jessie Ryder - all (almost anyway) international players use their own custom bat and just have the sponsor's stickers slapped on to them. They're not necessarily using a bat made by that company.
I am a fan of Millichamp and Hall. They are hand crafted, use excellent quality willow and have a nice oval handle.
I think the reason internatinoal players haven't all gone with one maker is they sign a deal with a certain sponsor and then have their bats made precisely to their own specs anyways.
There was a long line of conjecture in the early 90s to the effect that the vast majority of Australian players were using Millichamp bats which were rebadged with their sponsor's logos anyway.
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I doubt any major brand would be all that pleased with simply having their stickers plastered to someone elses handiwork.
I had a Kookaburra growing up to emulate the great Nathan Astle. I had to change it later to a GM Purist Original which was awesome.
Yeah, I remember hearing all the talk when I was younger about other bat makers sorting out a GN sponsored player. But in my experience it's not the case, the exception being when batsmen go overseas and try to pick up some sticks there.
The bats international players are using aren't specifically made by that company. Lots are handcrafted by smaller companies perfectly suited to them, then stickers whacked on it. I Know Fisher in Melbourne used to make bats for a few Aussie players.
As I once said before, a bat is only as good as the person using it.
When it comes to brands. I love my Kookaburra and the last bat I bought was a GM Flare.
Such a beauty but my Kook plays a bit better.
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In my experience they're all ****. About time they developed a bat that did what it's supposed to do and hit the bloody ball from time to time.
I think BDM, SG bats are good. There is an Indian company that supplies bats to a lot of international players. Can't recollect the name.
But a must have from my time is Gunn & Moore.
My lad has had two bats from smaller, independent English manufacturers. Both the Salix and Woodstock have been works of art, seriously nice bats.
I got a mid-range Slazenger that is ridiculously light and well balanced. Wasted on me tbh.
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