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England is now the best cricket team in the world! Following their hammering of India in the recent Test series, England is now number one in the official rankings and the sport once again looks set for a massive boost in popularity

Like in 2005, when England regained the Ashes for the first time since 1987 in one of the most thrilling series’ of all time, cricket is enjoying a huge surge in popularity as more and more people take up the game

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A beginner's set will help youngsters get started!

That means that cricket equipment is sure to be in huge demand once again, particularly with the summer holidays still in full swing

So, if you have a youngster who has been inspired by the successes of Strauss, Bell and Pietersen, this <a href="http://www

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With a GM bat, ball, gloves, stumps and bails all in one bag, this set is ideal for getting started in the game in the garden or your local park

But if the 4-0 series whitewash has got you really into playing the game, or if you are a regular at the crease, then you’ll probably want to invest a little bit more in your playing equipment

So, here’s our run-down of what you’re going to need as you walk out of the pavilion

The Bat:

 

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Not all bats are the same, so pick one that's right for you

This Puma bat is lightweight but powerful

If you’re going to keeping scoring those runs, then select your weapon of choice carefully

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The blade has been designed to provide more strength towards the top of the bat and the leading edges are rounded to improve durability and minimise the risk of edging

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Keep the bruises away with some leg pads

If someone is going to hurl a ball of cork and leather towards you, make sure that you’re protected

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Cricket helmets feature a rigid outer shell along with a high tensile steel adjustable face guard, providing you with complete head and facial protection whilst still allowing you to see clearly around the outfield

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The Tour:

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With this Virgin Experience, you can tour the world famous Lords Cricket Ground, walking through the iconic pavilion and world famous long room

You’ll see the names of the world’s greatest players on the honours board and you’ll also enjoy the futuristic media centre

To top it all off, you’ll get a chance to see the greatest prize in cricket – the Ashes urn

So celebrate England’s success! Pick up your bat, get swinging and who knows? Maybe you could be defending the Ashes!

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