The World’s Best Cricket Bats

For the purposes of this ranking list I considered the following bat manufacturers:

  • KookaburraKookaburra
  • Gray-NicollsGray-Nicolls
  • SpartanSpartan
  • Salix
  • Gunn & MooreGunn & Moore
  • TON
  • Millichamp & HallMillichamp & Hall
  • SlazengerSlazenger
  • BAS VampireBAS Vampire
  • Mongoose
  • Screaming Cat
  • MRFMRF
  • Woodworm
  • Bradbury
  • RNS LarsonsRNS Larsons
  • Hunts CountyCounty
  • AdidasAdidas
  • NikeNike
  • New BalanceNew Balance
  • SSSS Cricket Logo
  • Venom
  • NewberyNewbery
  • Kippax
  • CACA
  • Impala

The normal bat weights that are used by international batsmen range from 2lb 7oz (2 pounds and 7 ounces) to 3 lb, though there is no strict standard regarding bat weights in general. After the new Code was issued by the MCC on 1 October 2017, the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat are as follows: 108mm in width, 67mm in depth (spine) with 40mm edges.

Don Bradman, considered by many to be the greatest batsman of them all, used a bat which was pretty light at only 2lb 3oz. This was a good six ounces less than the average weight of a bat used by a batsman at the international level during his time, which weighed in at 2lb 9oz.

Sachin Tendulkar, on the other hand, used a bat weighing 3lb 4oz, which is a very heavy bat in cricketing terms. Only Lance Klusener (with his SS Zulu) of South Africa used a heavier bat than this at 3lb 6oz.

As much as has been possible I have tried to include large, high quality, images showing grains, willow quality, face, edge & bow shape.

  1. Gray-Nicolls Legend £999.99. Grade 1+ English Willow. Minimal branding. Said to stem from the top 0.2% of all willow Gray-Nicolls use. Generally 10 or more grains. 35mm edges generally with 59mm spine again generally. Weight trends towards 2lbs 7 ounces. Light pick up. Low density clefts used. 12 piece cane handle.Gray-Nicolls Legend Bat
  2. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Khawaja. Rounded Edge – Thickness (34-38mm). Curved Face Profile. Weight Range 2lbs 8 oz – 2lbs 10.5 oz.Kookaburra Kahuna Pro
  3. Spartan ST Signature Players Bat £580.74. Premium Players Grade 1 English Willow Handcrafted by the individuals who crafted Sachin’s bats himself. This magnificent players cricket bat is of the finest of qualities and made to the exact specifications that the Little Master used. Take your game to the next level with this imposing weapon of choice and display exceptional power, style and majestic stoke play with the ST Signature finest edition Profile: Full wood profile with magnificently mid balanced shape for ultimate stroke play all round the ground. Handle: Semi oval for ultimate control and power Grip: White chevron players grip Size: SH Weight: 2.9-2.12.Spartan ST Signature Players Bat
  4. Spartan MC Legacy Limited Edition £580.74. Super Grade 1 Limited Edition English Willow: Designed in conjunction with Michael Clarke and built to the same specification as the former Australian captain’s own bat. A mid to low profile with original “ducks beak” swell for the driving performance. With its large edges and slight bow enhanced by an imposing full profile and light pick up, The MC Legacy Range is perfect for strokeplay. Mid- Low profile Slight Even bow Light pickup Large 35mm+ edges 12 piece cane handle Light weight (2lb 6oz – 2lb 10oz) Grip: Spartan Wavex.Spartan MC Legacy Limited Edition
  5. Spartan Steel 016 Limited Edition £580.74. Majestic balance and performance for the perfect choice of players stroke play all around the wicket off the front and back foot.Spartan Steel 016 Limited Edition
  6. Salix SLX Finite £595.00. The lighter counterpart to the Pod, the SLX sits at the top of Salix production with the Pod in complexity of shape. With a uniquely blended profile, what appears to be a rounder, traditional shape to the face actually stems from hand shaping modern flatter pressing. An extended low bow leads naturally into the lower driving area. The SLX has a beautiful profile showcasing classic handmaking, underpinned by very advanced manufacturing generating sublime performance. All wrapped up in stunning new etched and embossed fingerprint metallic labelling.Salix SLX Finite
  7. Gunn & Moore Quinton de Kock Player Edition £650.00. An exact and accurate replica customised to Quinton De Kock’s profile and requirements due to GM’S DMX technology, this Player’s, Limited Edition timber allows cricketers to use the same cricket bat as one of the world’s most explosive batsman. Whether you’re looking to produce elegant strokes through the covers, or those powerful pulls in front of square, this blade is sure to assist your batting.Gunn & Moore Quinton de Kock Player Edition
  8. TON Platinum Elite Limited Edition £640.00. A beautifully balanced bat made for the timer of the ball with a long hitting zone. TON Platinum Elite Limited Edition
  9. Millichamp & Hall Pro Hybrid £600.00. Starting weights from 2lb 10oz. Dynamic concanved profile ensures an unbelievable lightweight pickup. Enormous sweeping profile ensuring an outstanding middle.Millichamp & Hall Pro Hybrid
  10. MRF AB De Villiers Elite £560.00. 12 piece Saravak Combination Cane Handle for Shock Absorption and Power Hitting. Edges push the limits of the new MCC regulations at 40mm. Full profile with no concaving on the back. Weight starts at 2lb 10oz.MRF AB De Villiers Elite
  11. New Balance TC1260 Limited Edition £731.63. Premium Players Grade 1 English Willow. Mid Sweet Spot. Natural Preparation. Weighing between 2lb 8 ounces & to 2lb 11 ounces. Limited to just 25 produced. Laser etched model designation.New Balance TC1260 Limited Edition
  12. Newbery Legacy Pro £549.99. Hand crafted from pro grade English willow & starting at just 2lb 7 ounces.Newbery Legacy Pro
  13. CA 15000 Player Edition 7 Star £645.00. Mid to low sweet-spot with weight evenly distributed allows a light pick up for the player that plays all around the wicket or on the rise, the bat has very straight grains. This bat has a large sweetspot with minimal concaving making it a big bat yet as light as 2lb 7oz. Regard any CA bat as not knocked in – regardless of manufacturer claims. Players Grade premium English willow.CA 15000 PLAYER EDITION 7 STAR CRICKET BAT
  14. PR Exclusive £500.00. Premium English willow. Handcrafted in India. Lightweight pick-up gives good balance.PR Exclusive Cricket Bat
  15. Impala Custom 100 £578.58.

Where to buy cricket bats

Salix Cricket Bat Company
Butlers Farm
Horseshoes Lane
Langley
Maidstone
ME17 3JY
01622 863380
www.salixcricketbats.com
office@salixcricketbats.com

Adrenalin Sport
1 High Street
Cobham
Surrey
KT11 3EL
01932 866199

AJ Sports
61 Broomwood Road
London
SW11 6HU
020 7228 4145 /077 9546 6278
www.ajsports.co.uk
abid@ajsports.me

AS (Uzi) Sports
Unit 107, Basepoint Business Centre
Rivermead Drive
Swindon
Wiltshire
SN5 7EX
01793 616333 / 07980 317908
www.uzisports.com
uzisports.co.uk@googlemail.com

Barrington Sports
Unit 3, Wolfe Close
Parkgate Industrial Estate
Knutsford
Cheshire
WA16 8XJ
01565 650269
www.barringtonsports.com
customerservices@barringtonsports.com

Bat & Ball Sports
Godfrey’s
Otford Road
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN14 5EG
01732 749675
www.batandballsports.co.uk
tim@batandballsports.co.uk

Chiltern Sports
The Bucks Goat Centre
Old Risborough Road
Stoke Mandeville
Buckinghamshire
HP22 5XJ
01296 613399
chilternsports@googlemail.com

Christopher Hull Sport
54 High Street
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 1EH
01732 352832
www.christopherhullsport.co.uk
sales@christopherhullsport.co.uk

CJI Cricket
707A Wimborne Road
Moordown
Bournemouth
BH9 2AU
01202 518081
www.cjicricket.com
cjicricket@hotmail.co.uk

Clean Hit (Cricket & Hockey) Ltd
193 Burton Rd
Branston
Burton-on-Trent
Staffs
DE14 3DR
01283 541127
www.cleanhitcricket.co.uk
alecdytham@tiscali.co.uk

Cliff Roe Sports
3 Wingate House
High Street
Ascot
Berkshire
SL5 7JF
01344 621639
www.cliffroesports.co.uk
sales@cliffroesports.co.uk

Cricket Direct
Unit 4 Metro Centre
Ronsons Way
Sandridge
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL4 9QT
01727 852225
www.cricketdirect.com
info@cricketdirect.com

Cricket-Hockey.com
Unit 25
Parkers Close
Downton Business Centre
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP5 3RB
0845 344 2862
www.cricket-hockey.com
jamie@cricket-hockey.com

Cricket Pavilion
8H Piermark Drive
Albany
Auckland
New Zealand
+64 44 85 820
www.cricketpavilion.co.nz
admin@cricketpavilion.co.nz

Cricket Supplies
0800 023 5043
www.cricketsupplies.com
info@cricketsupplies.com

Cricket World
Unit 2, Riverside
Waters Meeting Road
Bolton
BL1 8TU
01204 363762
www.cricketsupplies.com
info@cricketsupplies.com

Cricket Zone & Trophy World
1654 Castle Hill Avenue
Bronx
New York 10462
USA
+1 718 684 1140
www.cricketzoneusa.com
info@cricketzoneusa.com

Drury Sports
51 Market Place
Driffield
YO25 6AW
01377 241612

Eclipse All Sports
43 Duke of York Street
Wakefield
WF1 3PG
07932027684
www.eclipseallsports.co.uk
info@eclipseallsports.co.uk

Elmer Cotton Sports
18-19 Turl Street
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3DH
01865 241010
www.elmercottonoxford.com
elmercottonoxford@lineone.net

Eton Sport
127/128 Eton High Street
Windsor
Berkshire
SL4 6AR
01753 865150

Extra Cover Cricket
11 Avebury Court
Mark Road
Hemel Hempstead
HP2 7TA
0845 370 3900
www.extracovercricket.co.uk
sales@extracovercricket.co.uk

Fordham Sports
81 Robin Hood Way
Kingston Vale
London
SW15 3PW
020 8974 5654
www.fordhamsports.co.uk
info@fordhamsports.co.uk

Game, Set & Match
Unit 1 Beaver Trade Park
Quarry Lane
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 8NY
01243 538800
www.gsam.co.uk
info@gsam.co.uk

Hawkinsport & Son
37-39 The Parade
Bourne End
Buckinghamshire
SL8 5SB
01628 819242
www.hawkinsport.co.uk
martin@hawkinsport.co.uk

Holt & Haskell
387 Shirley Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO15 3TS
02380 771839
www.holtandhaskell.co.uk
sales@holtandhaskell.co.uk

Intersport of Lewes
53 Cliffe High Street
Lewes
East Sussex
BN7 2AN
01273 475235
www.gameforlife.co.uk
info@gameforlife.co.uk

It’s Just Cricket
Units 12 & 14
289 Kennington Lane (Big Yellow)
Kennington
London
SE11 5QY
0207 582 0038
sales@itsjustcricket.co.uk
www.itsjustcricket.co.uk

John Henry Sports
207 Wellingborough Road
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 4ED
01604 622700
www.johnhenrysports.co.uk
sales@johnhenrysports.co.uk

John Moore Sports Ltd
13 Argyle Street
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4BE
01225 466341
www.johnmooresports.co.uk
enquiries@johnmooresports.co.uk

Just Sport Ltd
36 Clayton Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
Tyne & Wear
NE1 5DZ
0800 032 1026
www.justsport.net
sales@justsport.net

Kent Cricket Direct
148 London Road
Southborough
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN4 0PJ
01892 516195
www.cricketandhockey.co.uk
sales@kentcricketdirect.co.uk

Lord’s Shop
Marylebone Cricket Club
Lord’s Ground
London
NW8 8QN
020 7616 8570
www.shopatlords.com
sales@shopatlords.com

Lukeys Sports
75 Meadow Street
Preston
PR1 1TS
07878 401934
www.lukeyssports.co.uk
info@lukeyssports.co.uk

Mitchell Sports
72 Mansfield Road
South Normanton
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 2ER
01773 510231
www.owzat-cricket.co.uk
info@owzat-cricket.co.uk

Morrants
Unit 5 Station Estate
Eastwood Close
South Woodford
London
E18 1BY
020 8530 5307
www.morrant.com 
info@morrant.com

MP Sports
Unit C4
Station Yard
Thame
Oxfordshire
OX9 3UH
01844 212226
www.mpsports.co.uk
mpsportsacademy@hotmail.co.uk

Mr Cricket
The Old Blacksmiths Yard
Newnham Lane
Burwell
Cambridge
CB25 0EA
01638 741611
www.mrcricketshop.co.uk
info@mrcricketshop.co.uk

Owzat-Cricket
72 Mansfield Road
South Normanton
Alfreton
Derbyshire
DE55 2ER
0800 542 8711
www.owzat-cricket.co.uk
info@owzat-cricket.co.uk

Peter Lorimer Sports Ltd
108, Newgate Street
Bishop Auckland
County Durham
DL14 7EQ
01388 661370
www.lorimers4cricket.co.uk
mail@lorimers4cricket.co.uk

Pope & Smith (Chelmsford) Ltd
207-208 Moulsham Street
Chelmsford
Essex
CM2 0LG
01245 262481

Pro Direct Cricket
Torre House
Shaldon Road
Newton Abbot
TQ12 4TZ
0871 222 0611
www.prodirectcricket.com
sales@prodirectcricket.com

Romida Cricket
18 Shaw Road
Newhey
Rochdale
Lancashire
OL16 4LT
01706 882444
www.romida.co.uk
cricketsales@romida.co.uk

Romida Cricket
70 Kingston Road
Leatherhead
Surrey
KT22 7BW
01372 363737
www.romida.co.uk
cricketsales@romida.co.uk

Romida Cricket
West Vale Buildings
Wakefield Road
Brighouse
West Yorkshire
HD6 1PE
01484 401193
www.romida.co.uk
cricketsales@romida.co.uk

Serious Cricket
Dummer Cricket Centre
Dummer
Basingstoke
RG25 2AR
01256 398633
www.seriouscricket.co.uk
sales@seriouscricket.co.uk

Somerset County Sports
The County Ground
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1JT
01823 337597
www.somerset-countysports.com
sales@somerset-countysports.com

Talent Cricket
31 Bakewell Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 5QY
01509 266666
www.talentcricket.co.uk
paul@talentcricket.co.uk

Sports Avenue
58 Hagley Road
Stourbridge
West Midlands
DY8 1QD
01384 377 974
www.sportsavenue.co.uk
info@sportsavenue.co.uk

The Sports Hub
Three Hills Sports Park
Cheriton Rd
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 5JU
www.the-sportshub.co.uk
store@the-sportshub.co.u
01303 846020 / 07791 760007

The Sportslocker
3 Petworth Road
Haslemere
GU27 2JB
01428 653725
www.sportslockerstore.co.uk
mail@sportslockerstore.co.uk

The Sportslocker
4a Chapel Street
Petersfield
GU32 3DP
01730 264464
www.sportslockerstore.co.uk
mail@sportslockerstore.co.uk

Teddington Sports
226 Hampton Road
Twickenham
TW2 5NJ
020 3475 2025
www.teddingtonsports.co.uk
info@teddingtonsports.co.uk

The Cricket Company (Devon) Ltd
Cotley Barn
Woodhayes Lane
Whimple
Devon
EX5 2QR
01404 823869
www.thecricketcompany.co.uk
enquiries@thecricketcompany.co.uk

Tonbridge School Shop
Tonbridge
Kent
TN9 1JP
01732 304240
www.tonbridge-school.co.uk
shop@tonbridge-school.org

Trysports
26 Deans Court
Bicester
Oxfordshire
OX6 6RD
01869 253313
www.trysportsonline.co.uk
sales@trysportsdirect.com

Vitas Cricket
Unit 8 Vitas Business Centre
Dodson Way
Peterborough
PE1 5XJ
01733 201144
www.vitascricket.co.uk
sales@vitascricket.co.uk

VKS
31 Bond Street
Ealing
London
W5 5AS
020 8579 3389
www.vks.com
mail@vks.com

Wilds Sports
14 Bartholomew Street
Newbury
Berkshire
RG14 5LL
01635 237200
www.wilds.co.uk
info@wilds.co.uk

Wilds Sports
7 Jewry Street
Winchester
Hampshire
SO23 8RZ
01962 852583
www.wilds.co.uk
info@wilds.co.uk

Wisdom Sports
13 South Road
Haywards Heath
West Sussex
RH16 4LE
01444 451370

Worldcricketstore
0800 030 2440
www.worldcricketstore.com
info@worldcricketstore.com

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