With the NatWest T20 Blast well under way, the question everyone is asking is, when will bats stop getting bigger? Especially as Ross Whiteley (Worcestershire CCC) just smacked the left-arm Yorkshire CCC spinner Karl Carver for six sixes in the recent T20 Blast match at Headingley at the weekend.
Last week Betway Insider exclusively interviewed Gray-Nicolls' Chris King, a master craftsman who manufactures bats for England’s Alastair Cook and Alex Hales, West Indies legend Shiv Chanderpaul, and has worked with Australia’s David Warner and South Africa’s JP Duminy.
“Everybody gets obsessed with the shape of the cricket bat, but the actual power comes from how well the piece of wood is pressed,”
"I often joke with people on social media that it’s like saying a Ferrari is fast because it's red. It completely undermines what the engine is.”
You can read the full interview here where the Betway Insider created an infographic to explain why size doesn't matter when it comes to cricket bats.
Come October though, things are set to change. The maximum dimensions of a bat will be restricted to 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and with 40mm edges according to the new code which will be issued on October 1.
The rule change, decided after consultations with players, manufacturers and global governing bodies, is in response to growing concerns about the imbalance between bat and ball.
Bat sizes have grown pronouncedly in recent years, with thicker edges regularly sending mis-hit shots to the boundaries, much to the chagrin of bowlers.
Will the rule change make any difference to batsmen? Does size matter? I dont think so!