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Not cricket? Scientists suggest bamboo bats are a match for willow – The Guardian

Researchers create bat with similar performance from what they say is cheap and sustainable material



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Cricket has been bowled a googly by scientists who have suggested the traditional willow used to make bats could be replaced by bamboo to increase their sustainability and boost the sports reach.
Willow has been the principal material for cricket bats for centuries, said Dr Darshil Shah at the University of Cambridge, who co-authored the study.
But despite a good innings, there are problems with the supply of English willow. It takes about 15 years before a tree can be harvested, after which new…

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