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How to Hold a Cricket Bat

The game of cricket is played with two teams of 11 players each. The batsman holds an oblong shaped bat with a narrow handle about 3 feet long. The batsman tries to stop the bowler from hitting the wicket by hitting the ball with the cricket bat hard enough to score a run. To hit the ball, the batsman must use the proper stance and hold the bat correctly. The object of the game is to hit the cricket ball and score more runs than the other team.

  1. Stand with your feet comfortably apart on either side or directly on the popping crease. Bend your knees slightly with your weight on the balls of your feet, distributing your weight evenly on both legs.

  2. Place both hands close together, left hand on top of right for a right-hander. If you are left-handed, place the right hand on top of the left hand.

  3. Hold the top hand tight around the grip with the outside of the palm facing the wicket-keeper. Your thumb and forefingers should point down and between the outer edge and center of the cricket bat.

  4. Rest the top hand on the inside of the left thigh if you are right-handed and on the right thigh if you are left-handed. Point the front shoulder down the pitch line.

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About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.

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