Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 3 Why English Willow
English cricket bat willow is regarded by batmakers world wide to be the highest quality. The growing conditions in England allow Salix alba var. Caerulea to grow at the ideal rate, especially in the warm, wet summers, which means the wood remains dense.
Dense willow provides the best balance of performance and durability. Willow that grows too fast does not have both performance and durability as the wood does not have the required density for making the best cricket bats. Fast growing willow does not have the performance or durability sought by cricket bat makers.
Cricket Bat Willow grows all over the world. Unfortunately only willow growing in England has the right climatic conditions and soil types to produce willow able to be used for high grade cricket bats.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage