Best cricket bats
We spoke to cricket equipment experts CricketSupplies.com, who gave us this run down of the best bats you can get your hands on from every major supplier this coming season.
A long middle swell, wide weight range and balanced pick up make the XT CX11 a perfectly balanced bat for powerful stroke play.
Catch England's prolific Wicketkeeper batsman Jonny Bairstow with it this season, matching his impeccable timing with the XT CX11 to mould the ultimate boundary hitter.
If you prefer a slightly higher sweet spot, plump for the Libro Pro.
It's high middle swell and high spine makes for a balanced bat that's perfect for a dasher who comes in and plays their shots from ball one.
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Gunn & Moore
Mana L540 DXM 808
Bats in 2017 are big, and GM's Mana range is a testament to that trend. A 65mm swell depth and 35mm edges deliver enormous power built for batting in the modern age.
Neon L540 DXM 909
The Neon range realigns the Mana's measurements, reducing the swell depth but maximising with enormous edges. Intimidating to bowlers and able to back it up too.
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Billed as the spearhead of Kookaburra's range for over a decade, the Kahuna's big profile and precise sweet spot is the ideal choice for a powerful stroke player.
Developed with the modern game's ultimate hitter, Jos Buttler, the Blaze features a more traditional profile.
With a slightly rounded profile and smaller edges, the Blaze achieves greater accuracy and precision when pulling out your innovations around the wicket.
blog best bats 2017 kookaburra Blaze 900 and Kahuna
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Newly appointed England captain Joe Roots has all the ingredients of a top-draw batsman: innovation, intelligence and power – and in the TC he has a bat to match those skills.
A big, mid-positioned swell and large edges allow New Balance's TC to deliver whether it be a full-blooded drive or delicate reverse sweep.
The DC range contrasts with the TC in focusing more on brute force in your stroke play. England's lower order destroyer Ben Stokes harnesses a bat with a deep and low swell and large edges to force the ball over the infield and, often, over the rope.