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Clothing
Usual wear is ;
a vest - good quality cotton is well worth it.
a shirt - again, good quality cotton or poly/cotton mixture, white or cream , short sleeve and long sleeve, 'loose-ish' fitting.
'whites' - (i.e. long white cricket trousers) with elasticated waist plus draw-string.
underwear - jockstrap, swimming trunks or similar.
socks - good quality thick wool (best) or wool/nylon, white, cream or traditional 'marl'(grey-purplish).
boots - comfy (try on with thick socks). Soles can be either;

  • all-pimple (for dry conditions),
  • all spiked (for wet conditions, also favoured by bowlers),
  • half-spiked (on front) + half-pimple (on heel) used by many in general conditions.
sweaters - short and/or long sleeved, white or cream.
Usually man-made yarn. Wool is better, but now expensive unless it is hand-knitted at home, and you own a sheep.
Some cricketers wear two (or 3 !) in all weathers.


Gloves + boxes
For hygiene reasons, newcomers to cricket are advised to buy these items, rather than borrow them.

Gloves
Sizes - boys, youths, mens (standard, large).
Sold as r/l pairs (for r.h. the right thumb is padded, l.h. - left thumb padded)
If anything buy slightly 'over large' than a 'good fit'.
Try on whilst holding a bat, remembering that leather will become more pliable with use.
Material - leather only.
Cost - can buy a decent pair at the lower price range.

Boxes
(also called abdo guards)
Sizes - boys, youths, mens.
Types -

  • plain, unpadded plastic (not advised)
  • plastic with padded surround (popular)
  • padded with straps

Fitting - use either ;
  • cricket briefs with pocket (priciest, not always comfortable)
  • a jockstrap (popular)
  • between 2 pairs of snug swimming trunks.
  • between jockstrap and 1 pair of swimming trunks.

Cost - quite cheap.

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