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Cricket Bat

Photograph By Dan Winters with Dwight Romanovicz at The University of Texas at Austin Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology for ESPN The Magazine

The machines that are used to press bats apply up to 2 1D2 tons of pressure per square inch, which strengthens the fibers of the wood (the best bats are made of English willow).