I have noticed that the surface of cricket bats are smooth. What's the science behind it?

What would happen if the surface of the bat was rough? Would that increase our effort to play shots?

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Cricket Bat surfaces are generally varnished (or oiled) to keep the wood with moisture which prevents Drying (and becoming Brittle) and eventually Breaking.
This varnishing gives the smooth finish.

In Contrast, Cricket Bat Handles are made rough to provide Holding grip.

One side effect of varnishing or smooth finishing is that the Direction (or angle) of the ball rebound (after hitting the bat) is more consistent.

The smooth (or glossy) finish will neither make the ball go further nor reduce the batting effort.

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