KOOKABURRA BLAZE CRICKET BAT
The Blaze is a modern classic. It boasts a full profile, outstanding pickup, and strong performance across the different grades. It’s the choice of England’s Jos Buttler and combines great graphics with some technical innovations. It’s specifically designed to help play shots 360 degrees.
• Sweet Spot: Low approx. 195mm to 215mm from toe
• Edge Thickness: Approx. 35mm to 37mm
• Edge Profile: Rounded
• Face Profile: Slightly rounded
• Spine Height: Super Spine (63-67mm)
• Scallop: Approx. 1mm to 2mm
• Bow: Approx. 11mm to 12mm
• Handle: Oval
• Weight: 2lb 7oz to 2lb 10oz
• Players Grip - Initially introduced by Kookaburra to give great rotational control
• ‘Kookaburra Pre- Prepared’ (KPP)
• ‘Players’ Quality Specially Selected Grade 1Unbleached English Willow
• SH only
• Premium Quality Grade 1 Unbleached English Willow
• SH Only
• Premium Quality Grade 2 Unbleached English Willow
• SH Only
• Premium Grade 5 Unbleached English Willow
• Armourtec Sheet
• SH only
• Premium Grade 4 Unbleached English Willow
• SH only
Kookaburra Willow Grading
Kookaburra bats vary greatly in price and it’s obvious that more expensive bats will perform better than a cheaper one. Kookaburra evaluate each bat throughout the manufacturing process on the basis of how it plays or “pings” so you know what to expect from the particular grade you choose.
Most bats will have a combination of white and red wood. White wood is the more attractive part of the cleft of wood and is more responsive than the red wood. The red wood though is more durable than the white part.
Grade One: The most expensive willow and usually the most attractive blades. There may be some red wood evident on the blade and generally there will be at least 6 fairly straight grains. There may be a small knot or speck on the edge or back of the bat but the playing area should be clean.
Grade Two: Excellent quality but usually more red wood may be visible on the bat. This won’t affect the playability of the bat. Similar number of grains as a grade 1 with potentially the odd blemish or butterfly mark on the face.
Grade Three: The most extensively used grade – and certainly the most popular at Romida as it offers outstanding value for money. A grade 3 blade may have up to half the face with a tint or red wood colour but this won’t affect the playability. This grade will have about five grains on the face which might not be straight and there is likely to be some specks or butterfly marks on the face.
Grade Four: Usually over half the blade will have red wood but the playability will be good. There are often only 4 grains and will have butterfly marks and specks on the bat.
Grade Five: This is very similar to a grade 4 but will have more stain in the wood so cosmetically will not be as good.