The Ashes 2019 Cricket Series – England vs Australia!

After the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, comes another important tournament – The Ashes 2019 Cricket Series which is being played between two cricket giants – England and Australia. The series is the first Test series of the 2019–21 ICC World Test Championship, which is being conducted for the first time in the history of cricket. 

The Ashes Series started in August 2019 and it will conclude in September 2019. There are 5 venues for the 5 Tests –  Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford and The Oval. 

The following players are playing from the English cricket team –

Joe Root (Captain), Ben Stokes (Vice-Captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (Wicket-Keeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler (Wicket-Keeper), Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Craig Overton, Jason Roy, Olly Stone, and Chris Woakes

The following players are playing from the Australian cricket team – 

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Cameron Bancroft, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner

So far, 3 of the 5 tests have been played, and the fourth one is going on. 

The first test was held at Edgbaston, Birmingham from 1st August to 5th August. Australia won the toss and chose to bat and won by 251 runs against England. Steve Smith from the Australian match was the player of the match. 

The second test was played at Lord’s London from 14th August to 18th August. Australia won the toss and chose to field. The match ended in a draw. Ben Stokes from the English cricket team was the player of the match. 

The third test was played at Headingley, Leeds from 22nd August to 26th August. England won the toss and elected to field. England won against Australia by 1 wicket. Ben Stokes from the English cricket team was the player of the match again. 

The fourth test is being played at Old Trafford, Manchester. It began on 4th September and will end on the 8th of August. Australia won the toss and elected to bat. 

The fifth and the last test will be played at The Oval, London from 12th September to 16th September. 

This was a quick update on the Ashes 2019 Cricket Series between England and Australia. The series has given the world of cricket more excitement after the outrageously popular ICC Cricket World Cup. May the best team win the championship!Looking for top-quality cricket equipment from the best of brands? Whether you are a batsman, a bowler or a fielder, VKS Cricket has the latest models of cricket equipment for you including bats, balls, clothing, protective gear for you from the best of brands including Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray-Nicolls, Kookaburra and New Balance. Our range of products is available for you both in-store and on the website. Shop online or at our cricket store in Ealing for your cricket shoes and the rest of your cricket equipment, and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!

Cricket Trousers to Buy This Season!

In the last blog, we talked about the top cricket shirts you could buy at VKS at discounted prices. Well, your cricket uniform is incomplete without a pair of good trousers, so in this blog, that’s what we are going to focus on. Here’s a glimpse of the cricket trousers available on VKS –

  1. Adidas Cricket Trousers – Adidas is not only excellent at creating cricket shirts, but it has also done an equally good job with its cricket trousers as well in terms of fabric, fit and design. The fabric used is soft, but durable and capable of withstanding rough use. The fabric and fit are such that they allow easy movement. The trousers are available from size Small (30’’) to XXL (46’’).
  2. Kookaburra Pro Players Cricket Trousers – Kookaburra is a winner when it comes to functional and minimal design. The plain white trousers have the Kookaburra branding on the left leg. The stretchable fabric of the trousers, comprising of 100% polyester pique, allows for easy movement. Furthermore, the trousers have a loose fit so that protective gear can be worn underneath. 
  3. GM Premier Cricket Trousers – GM is one of the top cricket brands in the world, and be it a bat or a trouser, their products will not let you down. This trouser is made from 100% Two-way stretch Polyester Fabric that dries up quickly and allows for easy movement. The waist is fully elasticated and the trouser has two side pockets. They also offer different leg sizes – from 29” to unfinished 37” leg. 
  4. Gray Nicolls Cricket Trousers – Another superb product from Gray Nicolls. These trousers are comfortable, durable, and their price doesn’t burn a hole in the pocket. The standard fit cricket trousers are made of a durable polyester twill fabric. They have a fly front with an elasticated waistband. There are two side pockets too and the hem is unfinished so that you can get the legs made of a custom length. The sizes available range from Small to XXX-Large.
  5. VKS Cricket Trousers – Our designers have studied the top-performing cricket trousers and used their features for making this one. The soft feel mesh fabric is well-ventilated and helps the player keep cool and dry. The waist is elasticated and has a drawstring for better fitting. The leg is unfinished, so you can get it custom-made according to your size. There are 3 sizes in these trousers – Large, XX-Large and XXX-Large. 

Inspired to complete your cricket uniform? VKS offers premium quality cricket clothing from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We have cricket shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. We also sell the complete cricket protection gear at our store and on our online shop. Shop at our cricket store in Ealing or order with us online for completing your cricket kit!

Cricket Shirts to Buy This Season!

We believe that if you are a true blue cricket player, then you should look like one too. All professional cricket teams have a uniform – The English cricket team usually wears a light blue uniform for one-day cricket, the Australian team wears yellow and green, and the Indian cricket team wears ice blue. So, when you go out to play on the field, you should be decked up in the right uniform too. Not only will the right cricket uniform help you play comfortably, but it will also boost your confidence. Here are a few cricket shirts you can choose from at VKS –

  1. Adidas Elite Cricket Shirt Long Sleeve – Adidas is a known name in the cricket space, and it is particularly well-known for its clothing. This cricket shirt is made from Climacool fabric that absorbs sweat quickly and helps the player stay dry during the game. The fabric is not just soft, but durable as well and capable of sustaining many washes. The shirt has pop-style buttons traditional collars, and long sleeves. 
  2. Kookaburra Cricket Shirt – Kookaburra is synonymous with style and durability in the world of cricket. If you’re playing in summers, then this a shirt you should get. The super-soft shirt is excellent at absorbing sweat and keeping the player dry and cool. It has a minimal design – Kookaburra logo on the chest on the right and sleek navy trim. The shirt has half sleeves and the extended tail adds to the fit of the shirt. 
  3. GM Teknik Club Cricket Shirt – This cricket shirt from GM spells comfort and great style. The fabric is soft and light-weight – it weighs just 210 grams. The collared shirt has a raglan sleeve design. It has a colour-coordinated trim and logo. The logo is in bold on the left sleeve. The shirt is available in navy, green and maroon piping and trim in sizes Small to XXL.
  4. Gray Nicolls Matrix Shirt – Gray Nicolls is known for the way it pays careful attention to detail in everything it designs. In this cricket shirt too, Gray Nicolls’ craftsmanship is visible. The easy-breathe polyester fabric allows for maximum air-flow and ventilation and helps in keeping the player sweat-free. The shirt is lightweight for the optimum level of comfort for the player. 
  5. VKS Cricket Shirt – One from the home brand – this shirt has all the features a player would need in a cricket shirt and it yet quite affordable. The soft-feel mesh fabric is good at absorbing sweat to keep the player cool and dry at all times. The shirt has half sleeves and a navy piping and trim. It is available in sizes ranging from Large to XXX Large. 

Inspired to complete your cricket uniform? VKS offers premium quality cricket clothing from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We have cricket shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. We also sell the complete cricket protection gear at our store and on our online shop. Shop at our cricket store in Ealing or order with us online for completing your cricket kit.

Top GM Bats under £500 to Check Out this Season!

GM is among the most well-known brands in the world of cricket. It is the go-to brand for cricket equipment for many game enthusiast; GM bats are known particularly well-known for their exceptional quality and are used by many cricket players. At VKS, we have all the top-performing bats from the brand in stock, and they are available for less than £500 – that’s a discount of over 20%! 

Here’s a sneak-peak of the top GM bats available at VKS –

  1. GM Diamond Original LE Cricket Bat – This bat is a stunner not just in terms of looks, but it promises power-packed action on the pitch as well. It is a bat that has been developed with the help of the all-rounder Ben Stokes, the current vice-captain of the English cricket team. The bat, made from select English willow, has a L540 blade design that offers a dynamic sweet spot.The blade is shorter than the standard L555 blade, but the length of the bat is made up by a longer handle. The optimized F4.5 face dynamics help in giving the batsman great control as well as consistent power all across the blade.
  2. GM Mythos Original LE Cricket Bat – The GM Mythos Original LE Cricket Bat is a top choice for many professional cricket players. It has a  L540 blade design, but with a 310 mm handle, the bat becomes of a standard length. This bat allows for accurate and power-packed shots because of its dynamic sweet spot, larger swell area and greater balance and overall power. The concave profile contribute to superb pick up and balance of the bat.
  3. GM Noir Original LE Cricket Bat – This bat has intimidating looks that will make heads turn on the pitch. But, that’s not the only reason why it is a great bat. The bat, made using top-quality English willow, has a traditional L555 blade design and a standard length handle. The bat gives the players great power owing to its low to mid-level sweet spot and thick edges in this zonal area. If you’re thinking of buying this beauty, then you should do it ASAP because it is in limited supply due to the unparalleled quality of this blade.
  4. GM Zelos DXM Original LE Cricket Bat – The classic GM branding with a neon twist makes this bat stand out. It has an ultra-curved F4.5mm face profile and a low to mid swell position that delivers great power in the hands of the batsman. The bat has an incredibly smooth pick-up owing to its lightweight profile. Made from the finest grade unbleached English willow, this bat is suited for all types of players. 

Looking for the perfect cricket bat for yourself? VKS has bats from the best brands in the world, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make well-informed decisions. So, shop online or at our cricket store in Ealing for all your cricket needs!

Top cricket pads to buy under £100 on VKS.com!

A batsman’s uniform is incomplete without a pair of cricket pads – after all, there is always a high risk of injuries to the leg from a power-packed leather ball. Why take chances when you can buy a pair of good, high-performing cricket pads from some of the most popular brands from VKS.com for less than £100? Let us acquaint you with our top picks of cricket pads for less than £100 –

  1. Gray Nicolls Powerbow 6 1500 Legguards – The Powerbow series from Gray Nicolls not only boasts of excellent bats, but it has given the world robust legguards as well. The Powerbow 6 1500 is a high-performing legguard that uses Ultralite HDF to offer excellent durability while being lightweight. The pad’s performance comes from its trisystem vertical booster which is made of EVA and Poly-armour and then complemented with seven 30mm light HD Foam bolsters and reinforced cane rods.
  2. GM Original Batting Legguard 2018 – GM is among the top names for all kinds of cricket equipment and they have not compromised on quality or design while creating the excellent GM Original Batting legguard 2018 as well. The front of the pad has a 7- bar vertical bar design and high-density foam construction to offer the highest level of security. The wide side bolsters also add to the security factor of the pads. 
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna 1000 Batting Legguard – The Kahuna series is well known for being an eye-catcher and the Kookaburra Kahuna 1000 Batting pad is no different. The legguard also has the stunning Kookaburra Kahuna design. The reversed foam makes the bat lightweight and gives great impact protection. The flex contoured knee roll area offers flexibility while playing.
  4. Adidas SL22 Pro Batting Legguard – The Adidas SL22 Pro Batting pad is among the best choices for professionals. With full front vertical cane protection, TPU foam and TPU knee protection, the pad promises great flexibility, durability and comfort. The lightweight construction with high and low-density foam ensures enhanced comfort. The single knee locator with height adjuster allows for the best fit possible. 
  5. New Balance TC 1260 Batting Legguards – It is a top-quality batting pad used by several professional players including Joe Root. The 7-bars front vertical bolsters with foam padding provide a high level of protection against impact. The nylon straps with cushioned support straps ensure that the pads stay in place all the time while keeping the player comfortable. 

VKS is your go-to cricket store for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

Top cricket helmets to buy under £50 on VKS.com

As players with a zeal for playing cricket on the pitch, it is your responsibility to abide by the rules of the game and that include taking appropriate measures to protect yourself from injuries and promote safe playing practices. A cricket helmet is an important part of the cricket protective gear and it should not be missed out on while playing on the pitch. On VKS.com, we have cricket helmets from some of the best-known brands in the world of cricket. Here are some of the top cricket helmets you can buy for less than £50 –

  1. Gray Nicolls Atomic Cricket Helmet – Gray Nicolls is a brand that can be counted for any kind of cricket equipment. The Gray Nicolls Atomic Cricket Helmet is an excellent helmet featuring an Atomic grille with Internal Size Adjustment (ISA) system that helps get the perfect fit. The navy, available in 3 adult sizes, is perfect for amateurs as well as professionals looking for a budget-friendly helmet. 
  2. Kookaburra Pro 600 Cricket Helmet – This Kookaburra helmet is an eye-catcher because though it has been built in the usual navy blue colour, its design also incorporates a shade on neon green. The best feature of the helmet is the lightweight ABS shell protection with a unique shock dissipating polymer lining system. The lightweight steel faceguard protects the face effectively without hampering visibility. 
  3. Masuri Legacy Cricket Helmet – Masuri creates some of the most robust cricket helmets and these prized helmets often come with a hefty price tag. The Masuri Legacy Cricket Helmet has the craftsmanship of Masuri, but it is priced economically. The helmet comforms to the highest standards of safety and is comfortable and lightweight. The sturdy grille but lightweight grille is made to offer maximum protection. 
  4. Shrey Performance Steel Cricket Helmet – The designers of this helmet have put a lot of thought and effort into designing this model. It is lightweight and weighs only 940 grams but it does not compromise on safety. The new grill design offers the maximum level of protection to the front of the face as well as the sides, without making the helmet bulky. The helmet also has a removable sweatband that can be washed easily. 

Looking for the top-quality cricket gear? VKS is your go-to cricket store for all your cricket equipment, be it bats, balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Top batting gloves to buy under £50 on VKS.com!

Cricket equipment from the top brands usually costs a bomb, but on VKS.com, we make sure that we have cricket gear from the best of brands for all kinds of budgets. We also have generous discount offers into the bargain. In this blog, we have curated a list of the top batting gloves from brands including GM, Gray Nicolls and Kookaburra to buy for under £50! Check them out –

  1. Gray Nicolls Prestige Batting Gloves – Gray Nicolls is one of the most prestigious names in the cricket industry and everything it makes is of top-notch quality. It has a traditional finger design with a curved Fibre Shield covering all the fingers. There is flat fibre added at the back of the hand of the glove for added protection. The glove’s protection factor is enhanced by a three-sectioned side impact bar made of EV. The high-quality leather palms offer exceptional feel, grip and durability apart from excellent moisture management. 
  2. GM 808 Limited Edition Batting Gloves 2019 – One of the best gloves of 2019, these gloves are made using PU and have leather palms. The PU back of hand provides great flexibility and comfort. The gloves use both sausage and split-finger design for ease of movement and grip; the thumb uses a split-finger design for enhanced flexibility. In white and matte silver colour, not only do these gloves aid in a great performance, but they look stylish as well. 
  3. Kookaburra Kahuna 2.0 Batting Gloves – Blending stunning design and effective functionality, these gloves, available for less than £50, offer a bang for the buck. The soft Rome sheep leather palms with max flow ventilation keep the palms comfortable and effectively sweat-free. To add to the comfort factor of the gloves are rounded cotton fingers with five protection chambers. The wide towel wristband with hook and loop fastening makes it super easy to put on and take off the gloves. 
  4. Ton Test Opener II Batting Gloves – Made from top-quality leather, these gloves are comfortable, lightweight and great protecting the hand from impact from a fact-paced leather ball. The leather palms come with ventilation holes to keep the hands from getting too sweaty while playing. The fingers of the gloves are quite flexible and the front fingers come with extra HD protection. The side protection bolsters elevate the protection level of the gloves. The fibre inserts in the glove work well for shock absorption. 
  5. New Balance TC 860 Batting Gloves – The palms of these excellent gloves are made using premium quality sheep leather and the back of the gloves are in resilient PU. The crosslink foam padding offers both comfortability and a high level of protection. The high grade stretchable and ventilated gussets contribute effectively to managing moisture. 

VKS is your go-to cricket store for not only batting gloves but all your cricket equipment including cricket helmets, gloves, aero strippers, Abdo guards, arm guards, batting pads, chest guards, jock protective briefs, thigh guards, wicket keeping inners, wicket keeping pads and wicket keeping gloves. VKS offers this premium quality cricket protection gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase.

Which cricket ball should you buy this cricket season?

If you are a bowler, a cricket ball can go a long way in making or breaking your game. While playing, always make sure that your ball is of high-quality and unspoilt. 

On VKS.com, we have cricket balls from some of the most prestigious brands available at bargain prices. Let us show you a glimpse of some of our best-selling cricket balls in this blog –

  1. Dukes Crown Prince Cricket Ball (5 1/2oz) – This ball, aptly titles, is the crown prince of cricket balls because of its unparalleled quality and finishing. The ball, made using the finest quality English Alum tanned leather, is fully hand sewn. It weighs 156 grams and is the best suited for top-level league cricket matches lasting 50 overs or more. The Dukes Crown Prince retains its shape and sheen even after repeated use because of its tough core made with a Cortex Centre. 
  2. VKS Test International Grade ‘A’ Cricket Ball – One from our own brand, this ball has been created meticulously for delivering a power-packed performance. It is made using top-quality English Alum tanned leather and comes with 6 to 7 layers of best quality wool compressed cork for shape retention and even bounce. The ball has 80 stitches and it is waxed painstakingly to ensure that the shine of the ball lasts a long time. The ball is also tallow dipped for waterproofing. 
  3. VKS League Special Grade ‘A’ cricket ball – An excellent ball for intense matches – it has been made using premium quality alum tanned leather. The fully hand-sewn ball, with its 80 stitches, is durable and used during many leagues in the UK. It has 6 to 7 layers of wool and a cork centre. The wax polish ensures that the ball retains its sheen during its lifetime and the tallow-dipping makes the ball waterproof. 
  4. County Special Grade ‘A’ 5oz Ladies Cricket Ball (Red or Pink) – Ladies cricket has become a mainstream sport and it is only fair that they have special balls for their matches. The County Special Grade ‘A’ Cricket Ball comes in both red and pink for day and night matches. The ball is made with select alum tanned leather pieces and is meticulously hand-sewn. The ball is waxed for shine and tallow-dipped for water-proofing. 

Want to buy the best quality cricket balls? VKS.com is your go-to online cricket store where you can shop for cricket balls from the best brands and much more! Buy bats, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes, sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 – The England Cricket Team

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is really hot right now. If you are new to cricket, then this blog will help you get familiarised with the England cricket team.

We are at 39 of the 48 ODIs, and the England Cricket Team is at the 4th rank at the moment. Just in the last match, it won from India by 31 runs. It will be playing New Zealand on the 3rd of July now. 

Let us introduce you to the England squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. 

Moeen Ali
Batting all-rounder, left-handed batsman, right arm off-spinner. 

Age: 31, Caps: 96, Batting average: 26.01, Strike rate: 103.74, Bowling average: 48.84, Economy: 5.26

Jofra Archer
All-rounder

Age: 24, Caps: 3, Bowling average: 36, Economy: 4.90

Jofra Archer stands third, with 16 wickets, in the list of players who have taken the most wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. 

Jonny Bairstow
right-hand batsman, wicket-keeper, Vice-Captain of England cricket team

Age: 29, Caps: 63, Batting average: 47.53, Strike rate: 107.03

Jos Buttler (wkt)
right-handed batsman, wicket-keeper

Age: 28, Caps: 131, Batting average: 41.54, Strike rate: 119.57

Tom Curran
right-arm fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Age: 24, Caps: 17, Bowling average: 29.81, Economy: 6.33

Liam Dawson
right-handed batsman, slow left-arm orthodox spinner

Age: 29, Caps: 3, Batting average: 7, Strike rate: 82.35, Bowling average: 32, Economy: 6.85

Eoin Morgan
left-handed batsman, Captain of England Cricket Team

Age: 32, Caps: 222, Batting average: 39.64, Strike rate: 90.38

At present, Eoin Morgan is among the highest scorers of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with his score of 148 against Afghanistan.

Liam Plunkett
right-arm fast bowler

Age: 34, Caps: 82, Bowling average: 30.14, Economy: 5.90

Adil Rashid – Leg
Spinner

Age: 31, Caps: 88, Bowling average: 30.46, Economy: 5.61

Joe Root
right-handed batsman

Age: 28, Caps: 132, Batting average: 50.47, Strike rate: 87.15

At present, Joe Root is the third-highest scorer in the ICC Cricket World Cup with 476 runs. 

Jason Roy
right-handed batsman

Age: 28, Caps: 76, Batting average: 40.80, Strike rate: 106.29

Jason Roy scored a massive 153 in England vs Bangladesh in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Ben Stokes
middle-order batsman, fielder

Age: 27, Caps: 84, Batting average: 37.57, Strike rate: 94.10, Bowling average: 42.44, Economy: 6.15

James Vince
right-handed middle-order batsman, right-arm medium pace bowler

Age: 28, Caps: 10, Batting average: 28.12, Strike rate: 90.72

Chris Woakes
right-handed batsman, right-arm fast-medium pace bowler

Age: 30, Caps: 88, Batting average: 26.30, Strike rate: 90.14, Bowling average: 30.80, Economy: 5.64

Mark Wood
right-arm fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Age: 29, Caps: 41, Bowling average: 44.69, Economy: 5.63 At present, Mark Wood stands 5th with 13 wickets in the list of players who have taken the most wickets in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Top bats to buy this cricket season!

For cricket fans, it is the most important time of
the year – The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is going on! True blue lovers have
waited patiently for 4 years for this event, and it is finally happening. 

What’s equally exciting is all the new cricket
equipment that’s come into the market. Leading brands have come up with
beautiful new cricket bats keeping into consideration the significance of this
year. Let us take a look at some of the top cricket bats from our favourite
brands –

  1. 2019 Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Bat – Regarded as the finest cricket in existence today, the all-new 2019 Gray Nicolls Legend Cricket Bat is for the legends of cricket for whom cricket is the ultimate passion. This masterpiece has been made using top-grade English willow. The bat’s mid-blade sweet spot offers all round stroke play. The branding has been etched with a laser, so as it make it immaculate.
  2. MRF Genius Grand Edition Cricket Bat – This bat has been used the world’s top batsman, Virat Kohli. Need we say more? The bat, made from Grade 1 English willow, has thick edges and a flat face with a duckbill toe. The pickup of the bat is very smooth owing its lightness. The minimal shaping of the bat gives it a full profile.
  3. GM Noir Original LE Cricket Bat – This bat is quite the stunner – both in terms of performance as well as looks. It has the traditional L555 blade design and a standard length handle. The f4.5 concave face profile not only offers excellent control and power over the bat, but also aids in a light pickup. The low to mid swell position is well-suited for front foot players.
  4. Kookaburra Kahuna Pro Cricket Bat 2019 – The Kookaburra Kahuna Pro is a favourite among many because of its unconventional graphics and excellent features. The bat, made with the finest quality English willow, has a full body spine and thick edges that give the bat awesome power. The snake grip on the handle helps the batsman maintain a strong grip on the bat.
  5. Keeley Superior Premium Cricket Bat – Keeley brothers are well-known for their quality in the cricket space, and this is one of the finest bats that they have given to the world. They select the finest willow pieces for their bats and create each part meticulously. The handle, for instance, is semi-oval and made of 12 pieces to provide balance, strength and reduce twists. The semi-round bat face is also meant for twist reduction.

Looking
for the perfect cricket bat for yourself? VKS has bats from the best brands in
the world, and shopping with us is super easy as we have both a
brick-and-mortar store and an online shop. In the shop, our trained and
experienced sales staff are there to help you choose the right bat, and on our
website, we provide sufficient details about products for you to make
well-informed decisions. So, shop for all your cricket needs at VKS! 

New cricket gear (not bats!) to buy this season

The cricket season is really hot right now. And why
wouldn’t it be? It’s the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after all! There’s a lot of
exciting new cricket gear out in the market, and if you need to upgrade your
cricket kit, now would be a good time because it’s raining discounts at VKS.
Here are some of our top picks for new cricket equipment this season –

  1. Adidas
    Adipower Vector Mid Cricket Shoes 2019
    – Adidas launched excellent new shoes for bowlers in
    a beautiful colour scheme. The shoes have mid-cut ankle height for enhanced fit
    and support. The internal vector strap holds the foot firmly in place. The TPU
    outsole material is lightweight and it also helps in maintaining mid-foot
    integrity. The bevelled heel contributes to a smooth transition from jumping to
    landing. 
  2. Gray
    Nicolls Legend Batting Gloves​ 2019
    – These all-new gloves come with some excellent
    features such as pittard gripster leather palms that offer a great feel, good
    grip and help in moisture management. The multi-sectioned interlocking “V”
    design not only offers great flexibility but also makes for excellent armour.
    The quad layer of diffuser foam, Ultra-lite HDF, Fibre Shield and Impact Gel
    all on the key areas of the Legend glove makes it an ace among gloves. 
  3. Kookaburra
    Pro Tour Wheelie Bag – 2019
    – Proper equipment management is a must in the game
    of cricket and this wheelie bag has been designed to enable you to do the same.
    The ultra-tough bag has been made using high-quality tarpaulin, cotton denim
    and braided fabric. The tapered design offers excellent flexibility. The bat
    section can comfortably accommodate two full-size bats. 
  4. GM
    Original LE Batting Gloves – 2019
    – These gloves are regarded as one of the top gloves
    available in the market. They have parade leather palms for comfort and
    flexibility, and a multi-section design that enhances durability. They are
    capable of absorbing up to 90% of the energy when impacted at high strain
    rates. The Microban® antimicrobial protection ensures that there is no growth
    of stain and odour-causing bacteria. 
  5. VKS
    Ultra Series Batting Legguards
    – A product from the house, these legguards have been
    designed after a lot of research. The front design is traditional with
    high-density padding for maximum impact absorption. The velcro straps make the
    pads very comfortable and easy to wear. The sides of the pads come equipped
    with large bolsters for added protection. 

VKS is your go-to place for all your cricket equipment, be it bats,
balls, bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers
premium quality cricket gear from the best-known brands at affordable prices.
We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes,
sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a
variety of designs and sizes. Shop with us in-store or order online at
www.vks.com and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase. 

Who is going to win the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

The big question! The excitement is building up with each match and we can’t help but wonder which out all these amazing teams, is going to take home the trophy.

We are done with 38 out of 48 ODIs already. The top
rankers at present are –

  1. Australia – 14 points
  2. India – 11 points 
  3. New Zealand -11 points
  4. England – 10 points

Australia has won 7 matches so far. India, New
Zealand and England have won 5 matches each. 

With each of these teams giving a smashing
performance, it is very hard to predict who will win the ICC Cricket World Cup
2019. Each team has its share of excellent batsmen, bowlers, fielders and
wicket-keepers. The following are the members in each team –

AUSTRALIA

Aaron Finch – right-handed batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Alex Carey – Wicket-keeper, left-handed batsman

Pat Cummins
right-handed batsman, right-arm fast bowler

Jason Behrendorff
right-handed batsman, left-arm, fast-medium fast bowler

Nathan Coulter-Nile
– Right-arm fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Usman Khawaja
Left-handed batsman, right-arm off spinner

Nathan Lyon
Right-arm off-spinner, right-handed batsman

Shaun Marsh
Left-handed batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Glenn Maxwell
Right-handed batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Kane Richardson
right-arm fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Steve Smith
right-handed batsman, right-arm leg spinner

Mitchell Starc
Left-arm fast bowler, left-handed batsman

Marcus Stoinis
right-handed batsman, right-arm medium bowler

David Warner
Left-handed batsman, right-arm leg spinner

Adam Zampa
right-arm leg spinner, right-handed batsman

INDIA 

Virat Kohli (capt) – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Jasprit Bumrah – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Yuzvendra Chahal – right-arm
leg spinner, right-handed batsman

Shikhar Dhawan – Left-handed
batsman, right-arm off spinner

MS Dhoni (wk) –  right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Ravindra Jadeja – Left-handed
batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Kedar Jadhav – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Dinesh Karthik (wk) – right-handed
batsman

Bhuvneshwar Kumar – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Hardik Pandya – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium-fast bowler

KL Rahul – right-handed
batsman

Mohammed Shami – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Vijay Shankar – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Rohit Sharma – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Kuldeep Yadav – Left-arm
wrist spinner, left-handed batsman

NEW ZEALAND

Kane Williamson (capt) – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Tom Blundell (wk) – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Trent Boult – Left-arm
fast-medium bowler, left-handed batsman

Colin de Grandhomme – right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium-fast bowler

Lockie Ferguson – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Martin Guptill – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Matt Henry – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Tom Latham (wk) – right-arm
medium bowler, left-handed batsman

Colin Munro –
left-handed batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Jimmy Neesham – left-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Henry Nicholls –  left-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Mitchell Santner – left-handed
batsman, left-arm orthodox bowler

Ish Sodhi – right-arm
leg spinner, right-handed batsman

Tim Southee – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Ross Taylor – Right-handed
batsman, right-arm off break bowler 

ENGLAND 

Eoin Morgan (capt) – left-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Moeen Ali – left-handed
batsman, right-arm off-spinner

Jofra Archer – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Jonny Bairstow (wk) – right-handed
batsman

Jos Buttler (wk) – right-handed
batsman

Tom Curran – right-arm
fast-medium bowler, right-handed batsman

Liam Dawson – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Liam Plunkett – Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

Adil Rashid – right-arm
leg spinner, right-handed batsman

Joe Root – right-handed
batsman, right-arm spinner

Jason Roy – right-handed
batsman

Ben Stokes –
left-handed batsman, right-arm fast-medium bowler

James Vince –  right-handed
batsman, right-arm medium bowler

Chris Woakes – right-handed
batsman, right-arm fast-medium bowler

Mark Wood –  Right-arm
fast bowler, right-handed batsman

There
are still quite a few matches to before the semi-finals and finals. We can only
cheer for our favourite team and hope for it to win!

Top cricket bags for less than £100

A good cricket bag
can go a long way in helping you keep your thoughts organised and your focus on
point – when all your cricket equipment is secured neatly in a single place,
you will not have to waste energy on looking for it when you need it. Also,
logistically, cricket bags make our lives so much easier – you can either roll
them or carry them on your shoulder. Just imagine, what a pain it would have
been to carry all the equipment separately. Here are our top picks for cricket
bags that cost less than £100 –

  1. GM Original Wheelie Duffle – With a volume of 126 litres, this bag combines the best of both the worlds – wheelie bags and duffle bags. The bag has two full-length zipped bat pockets and a shoe tunnel. The zips are rust proof and the shoulder strap is easily adjustable. Made from 1680 Denier Polyester, and equipped with heavy-duty scuff protection panels,  the bag is quite durable.
  2. Gray Nicolls GN 1000 Wheelie Cricket Bag – This bag is known for its unique design which protects the kit as well as the equipment. The bag, equipped with high-quality wheels and full-length runners, is extremely stable and manoeuvrable. The bat section has dedicated pockets for 3 bags. There are an additional 5 pockets for storing other equipment.
  3. Kookaburra Pro Players Wheelie Bag – This bag, made from heavy duty tarpaulin and a mixture of carbon PVC and braided fabric is not just sturdy, but stylish as well. With the classic Kookaburra branding in fluorescent green, the bag is a keeper. The bag has a vertical design storage system with a semi rigid skeleton frame. There are external compartments for batting pads and internal sections for two full-length bats. The protective runners run full length along the bag.
  4. Adidas Libro 1.0 Cricket Wheelie Bag – The lightweight bag boasts of great strength and durability. Done in shades of blue, this bag has sufficient space for all your cricket equipment and more. The bat is well-padded all around to provide enhanced protection to your gear. The bag’s internal footwear and helmet section are of great convenience.
  5. Newberry SPS Cricket Bag – This Newberry bag will not let you down even when you have the most hectic schedule and are busy travelling from one place to another to play. The bag has heavy-duty wheels and is easily manoeuvrable. The zippers are robust and the retractable handle adds to the manoeuvrability of the bag.

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Essential exercises for cricketers

Training to become a
professional cricketer? Strength, stamina, flexibility and general fitness are
what you will need to ace on the pitch. Here are a few exercises that can help
you get ready for the game –

  1. Squats – Squats are for developing strength in the legs and improving mobility in the hips and core. You can squat using your bodyweight or dumbbells or barbells. With more power in the hips and legs, it also becomes easier for you to enhance your running speed.
  2. Single Leg Squat – After getting regular squats right, you should focus on single leg squats. In the game of cricket, having equal strength in both the legs is very important, and this when single leg squats come into play. They help you develop balance and strength in both the legs. Initially, do single leg squats without using weights, but gradually, you can include some light weights.
  3. Benchpress – Benchpress is for developing pecs, anterior deltoids, triceps and other stabilizing muscles. The strength of the upper body plays an important role in the performance of batters, bowlers and wicketkeepers. This compound exercise is vital to developing strength in the core.
  4. Cook Hip Lift – Cricket cannot be thought of without the act of running on the field – the batsmen, the fielders, and even the bowlers do it all the time. This is one exercise which will help you run faster. The cook hip lift helps in developing strong hips and hamstrings.
  5. Push Ups – Another exercise aimed at strengthing the upper body, this one particularly focuses on chest, arms, shoulders and midsection. This one should be done by all players for developing their core strength.

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bags, shoes, clothing, accessories or protective gear. VKS offers these premium
quality cricket bags and many more from the best-known brands at affordable
prices. We also have cricket helmets, shirts, cricket trousers, cricket shoes,
sweaters, baselayers, socks, caps and hats, safety equipment and teamwear in a
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Best cricket shoes for less than £50

Cricket shoes are an
investment and an important one at that because they can make or break your
game. Ill-fitting shoes will make you feel uncomfortable while playing, and
that discomfort will not allow you to focus on the game fully. Low-quality
shoes may also cause injuries from the shock. Therefore, it is important that
you choose your cricket shoes carefully. But, you do not have to spend hundreds
of pounds on buying good quality shoes. There are good shoes out there
available at budget prices, but you have to possess an eye for finding the
right ones. We have made your task easier by compiling a list of the top
cricket shoes for less than £50 –

  1. Payntr Pimple V Cricket Shoes – This simple but elegant shoe offers the best of both worlds – the comfort and flexibility of a running shoe and the traction of a traditional rubber cricket shoe. The responsive padding around the ankle ensures the maximum level of comfort, protection and support. The honeycomb insole provides great cushioning to the arch of the foot.
  2. Gray Nicolls Velocity 2.0 Spike Cricket Shoe – This shoe offers great features at a very affordable price. The shoe has a PU upper in a honeycomb design for adequate breathability. It has strategically placed spikes with a sturdy, shock-absorbing rubber base. The design of the shoe gives great midfoot support and forefoot flexibility. The shoe is excellent for all-rounder cricketers.
  3. Kookaburra KC 3.0 Spike cricket shoe – This excellent shoe has a spike design which makes it suitable for batsmen, bowlers and fielders. The shoe has an airflow mesh and latex construction upper for greater flexibility and breathability. The padding on the ankle and heel area not only makes the shoe very comfortable but also offers great support while playing.
  4. Kookaburra KC 3.0 rubber cricket shoe – The difference between the Kookaburra KC 3.0 Spike cricket shoe and this shoe is the spikes; the rest of the features are the same. This shoe is comfortable, durable and lightweight. The excellent insoles of the shoe absorb shockwaves felt on impact at the crease and around the ground. Depending upon your needs, you can choose either of the two models from Kookaburra.
  5. Gray Nicolls Atomic Spike Cricket Shoe – A shoe with high-quality, long-lasting spikes, this one can be used with full spikes or half spikes and even rubber studs. The spikes of the shoe offer excellent traction, and the torsion technology provides stability. The lightweight shoe is durable, comfortable and comes at a pocket-friendly price.

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cricket shoes within your budget? Whether you are a batsman or a bowler, VKS
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New Balance. We also offer replacement spikes and rubber studs for all models
of cricket shoes. Our range of products is available for you both in-store and
on the website. Shop online for your cricket shoes and the rest of your cricket
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Top cricket shoes for juniors

The cricket season is
buzzing with activity and new cricket gear for adults and juniors has flooded
the market. When there are so many brands and models for everything related to
cricket, choosing the best product out of the bunch can become a daunting task.
We are here to help you with choosing the best cricket shoes for your junior.
Here are our top 5 picks –

  1. Adidas Howzat Spike Cricket Shoe – This stylish shoe boasts of the same sole system that has been used in the top of the range Vector model. The Adiprene midsole offers great cushioning, thereby enabling the player to sustain their energy on the pitch for long hours. The Adiprene sole also offers excellent shock absorption. The mesh and synthetic upper design combine to give added comfort and breathability.
  2. Payntr X-MK 2 Junior Cricket Spike Shoe – This shoe is a favourite among many because of its bold design and unique features. The shoe’s design in inspired by the original Mark 1 design. The seamless microfibre PU upper gives great stability and flexibility to the player on the pitch. The perforated upper ensures adequate breathability. The insole has been made of EVA, which is known for its shock absorption qualities.
  3. Gray Nicolls Atomic Spike Cricket Shoe – This cricket will make heads turn on the cricket field because of its bold red and black design. The shoe is equipped with superior quality spikes which offer excellent traction. The torsion technology provides stability on the pitch. The shoe is lightweight, comfortable and durable – well-suited for long hours on the pitch.
  4. Kookaburra KC 3.0 Spike Cricket Shoe – The number of spikes on the shoe and their design determine whether it is for batsmen or bowlers. But this shoe has a unique spike design which makes it suitable for being worn by batsmen, bowlers and even fielders. The spike sole offers great traction to all types of players. The airflow mesh and latex upper provides breathability and ensures flexibility. The padded tongue of the shoe adds to the comfort level and fit. The thermo plastic-style heel offers enhanced support.
  5. Kookaburra KCS 2000 Spike Cricket Shoe – Another excellent shoe from Kookaburra, this one too is for all types of players – batsmen, bowlers and fielders. The spike sole of the shoe is excellent for offering adequate traction on the pitch. The mesh construction upper of the shoe is water-resistant, and thus, makes it easy to play on damp pitches. The toe area of the shoe, secured by robust stitching, adds to the durability of the shoe.

Looking for the perfect
cricket shoes for yourself or your junior? Whether you are a batsman or a
bowler, VKS Cricket has the latest models of cricket shoes for you from the
best of brands including Adidas, Payntr, Asics, Gunn & Moore, Gray-Nicolls,
Kookaburra and New Balance. We also offer replacement spikes and rubber studs
for all models of cricket shoes. Our range of products is available for you
both in-store and on the website. Shop online for your cricket shoes and the
rest of your cricket equipment, and avail fantastic discounts on your purchase!