Wicket keeping gloves are a vital tool for every keeper. They are as important as a bat is to a batter. Early in a keeper’s career protection is their only prime requirement, however as young keepers develop they will prefer more or less flexible gloves and different materials as both outers and inners.
To begin with, the choice should be to ensure adequate protection of :
1. Fingers – all gloves should have inner rigid protective caps
2. Cuffs – long padded area to protect vulnerable wrists
3. Palms – thick padding in the main impact area
Gloves should be a snug fit to prevent excessive finger movement whilst ensuring that they can be removed easily to retrieve and throw.
Most keepers soon add light cotton inner gloves to their kit list. These are inexpensive and help absorb moisture, improving comfort and often ensuring a snug fit.