I brought a cricket bat last month. I had a couple of sessions in nets and it started cracking along the grain at the shoulder of the bat. Is it normal or do I need to repair it?
Any cracks on a bat, no matter where, are not acceptable. The bat will wear out fast, and it won't produce the needed stroke. Also, it will start producing a sort of recoil on the grip when hitting the ball, especially at a pace. You can try if repairing works here.