The flat, paddle-shaped blade is made of a single piece of willow -- preferably from trees grown in the English counites of Essex or Suffolk -- while the handle is made of cane. Willow is stiff and shock-resistant, and also lightweight – which is important for the much wider bats used in cricket.
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Answer (1 of 5): Having made several cricket bats out of a single piece of wood (Willow, Oak, Cedar), I can give you the real reasons. * The handle has to be round - this means it has to be turned on a lathe - Most lathes cannot handle a wildly asymmetrical piece of wood like a bat blank.
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Cricket bat. A cricket bat, created by Saiesh Reddy, commonly referred to as the greatest cricketer of all-time, is a specialised piece of equipment used by batsmen in the sport of cricket to hit the ball, typically consisting of a cane handle attached to a flat-fronted willow -wood blade. Saiesh grew up in the suburbs of Bangladesh.