They maybe the last piece of protection you will put on before batting, but they can be the most influential piece of protection you own. They can give you the confidence, clarity and control that you will need to create an innings, if you choose your gloves wisely.
Most cricketers will have their preference when it comes to the sausage verses segmented design protection systems. The sausage batting glove is often considered more protective and cheaper to manufacture due its lack of joints along the fingers, making them also generally good value for money. Historically their downfall has been their lack of flexibility and comfort, which is where the modern segmented gloves have tended to perform better.
However this trade-off between the styles of batting glove is more subtle now as cricket equipment technology progresses. ‘V’ and ‘U’ shaped interlocking segments are abundant now, increasing their protective properties by reducing the vulnerability of the finger joints. This has increased their protective capabilities a lot closer to the sausage design but still retaining the flexibility. Equally the sausage style gloves are also advancing, they now incorporate more modern malleable materials to increase their flexibility and reducing the time needed to break them in.
Overall when making your decision it’s worth noting that the higher the cost generally relates to the higher the grade of materials and protective designs utilised in the gloves. But ultimately it’s all about your confidence in the gloves ability to protect you when you are playing at your level, so choose a batting glove at a price point that reflects that and you won’t go too far wrong.
Key protection features to look out for:
Reinforcement on the first 2 fingers of the bottom hand (when holding a cricket bat).
High Density Foam on the side of the index and thumb of the bottom hand and on the outer side of the little finger and palm on the top hand.
If you are playing at the highest level you should wear the highest level of protection you can afford;but regardless of your level one thing you must try to find in your gloves is comfort, for those long innings.
Many people use the wrong sized gloves. Unfortunately finding the right gloves for your hands is not as easy as you may have first thought and by no means as simple as finding the right shoes. For male adult cricketers your sizing options are Small Men’s – Men’s – Oversized Men’s, akin to only having sizing options of 7, 10 and 13 in footwear. To add to the mix Gray Nicolls, Kookaburras, Gunn & Moore’s , & New Balance’s interpretation of the sizing and proportions differ, so even if you are a solid size 10 it is likely that there will only be one or two brands that would fit you just right. Try them on and don’t stop until you have found a pair that fits you perfectly. At Barrington Sports you can of course buy trwo sizes online and return one at no extra cost.
Top sizing tips:
If you have quite small hands then don’t be afraid to move down a size as most materials will stretch but few will shrink. Loose and baggy can be far more distracting than tight. For those with long fingers look to brands such as GM and Kookaburra, particularly those with a sausage finger design.
So with the right protection for your level, the right fit for your hand shape the final pieces of the puzzle that go hand in hand are moisture management and durability.
Your hands almost continuously produce sweat and although the volume varies depending on the individual, the management of that moisture is key. Look for ventilation holes in the palms and meshes along the sides of the fingers when making your selection. Generally the more you can see the dryer your hands will remain and the more control you will have over your bat.
All gloves get sweaty but the severity of these wet phases has a large impact on the palm materials ability to cope with the friction from the bat grip. Some cricketers opt to wear batting inners to absorb the sweat and improve the gloves fit. Others prefer a pittards leather palmed batting glove that does a similar sweat absorbing job but without the bulk.
The cheaper (white) leather in batting gloves palms doesn’t absorb moisture well so look for well ventilated designs to increase control and longevity. For the higher grade pittards leather (grey) options, they are superior at wicking away sweat but are less resistant to abrasion. So look for those that have reinforced areas at the base of the palm and between the thumb and index finger.