What do you need to play cricket?

So you’ve just started playing the game, you’ve bought all the basic gear and you’re wondering whether there’s anything else you’ll need to add to your new kit bag. Or perhaps your child has recently taken up the game and you’re pondering what cricket equipment him or her will require to thrive and stay safe.

Cricket is not a cheap game to play, but without appropriate protective gear the chances of injury are high, so this handy checklist outlines all of the cricket equipment you will need to adequately play the game and protect yourself from a cricket ball.

CRICKET CLOTHING

ESSENTIAL: Cricket whites in the form of a white shirt and trousers are a requirement, and you’ll also need white socks, batting shorts and cricket briefs. Additionally, don’t forget a cricket jumper for those cold days and a cricket cap to shield your eyes and scalp from the sun. See our cricket clothing range for more information.

OPTIONAL: Look the part at training by purchasing a cricket hoody, trousers and training top, and why not buy a cricket base layer at the same time – all the cool cats are wearing them!

CRICKET PROTECTION

ESSENTIAL: Batting pads, batting gloves, thigh guard, inner thigh guard, abdomen guard (box/cup) and a helmet are all considered either essential or greatly recommended for hard ball cricket. If you fancy yourself as a wicket-keeper, wicket-keeping gloves and wicket-keeping pads are also essential.

OPTIONAL: Chest guards, arm guards and mouth guards (for a wicket-keeper) are a personal choice. Check out our extensive cricket protection range.

A CRICKET BAT

ESSENTIAL: Whilst some junior clubs or adult clubs may provide club bats, anyone seriously taking up the game will require their very own cricket bat – it is the cricketer’s vital instrument.

OPTIONAL: English willow bats are renowned for their quality and are generally of a higher standard than Kashmir willow bats. You may wish to add a toe guard, an extra grip to the handle or a plastic covering.

You must handle your bat with care – see our bat care guide for more information

CRICKET FOOTWEAR

ESSENTIAL: All cricketers should have a pair of cricket boots or spikes to avoid them slipping over in wet conditions. Even when you feel spikes are unnecessary, cricket boots should still be worn instead of trainers as they are harder and more likely to protect your toes and feet from the impact of a cricket ball.

OPTIONAL: You may wish to be a bit more meticulous with your choice of cricket boot. Some cricket shoes are tailored for specific player types, such as specialist batsman, fast bowler and all-rounder. See our Cricket Footwear collection for more information.

CRICKET STORAGE

Obviously you’re going to need a cricket bag to store all of this equipment – our bags come in many different shapes and sizes, and include ruck sack, holdalls and wheelie cricket bags.

To make the shopping experience straight forward and cost-effective, you may wish to browse our cricket bundles.

You may also want to add the below items to your wish list:

• Cricket Accessories • Cricket Sunglasses • Cricket balls • Cricket sets