You will need a high-performance bat. English willow has a number of grains, which are visible compared to Kashmir willow. Grains are the lines that run down the face of the bat. Generally, the more there are, and the straighter they are, the better the quality of the bat.
A Kashmir Willow cricket bat is much cheaper than an English Willow cricket bat. Furthermore, although it doesn’t have the best response and a ping to the cricket ball, it still is a great value for money! The Kashmir Willow cricket bats are most suited for junior cricket or if you are beginning to play cricket.
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In fact, we recommend a top grade Kashmir Willow bats over a lower grade English Willow bats, primarily because the advantages are more as these Kashmir Willows are comparatively clean, light and most importantly the performance is better and the cost of a finished bat is generally cheaper than a lower grade English Willow bat.
Kashmir willow is harder and less responsive, which means less power will be generated when playing a shot. English willow offers more value per shot, with a longer and wider middle creating a more responsive surface when hitting the ball. Regarding longevity, it’s safe to say that Kashmir willow bats do not last as long as an English willow bat.
The vast majority of professional cricketers will use English willow as their preferred choice. Kashmir willow has some benefits but English wood is more durable and provides better performance over time and that’s why it’s preferred by the majority of professionals.
Colour – The English willow cricket bat is often whiter than Kashmir willow, however, this is only because Kashmir willow can vary more in colour. Kashmir willow can often be indistinguishable from English willow as often the paler colours are turned into cricket bats.
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