New: best cricket boots

Asics’ new Gel-8’s: around $150 USD, plus shipping

Once you get past the incursion of 20-20 cricket into the once-hallowed halls of Test matches, few aspects of the game have changed as much as the footwear.

Take the Asics Gel-8’s, above. They’re custom built for medium-to-fast-paced bowlers, giving lots of traction and ankle support while remaining light and pliable. The mere fact that boots are specialized for the different positional specialties in the game makes cricket footwear far ahead of soccer, hockey, and most other sports, where the footwear is not made specific to position.

And the evolution of cricket boots? Look no further than this:

Mid-century silly mid-off gear, as worn by Toad of Toad Hall


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