* Don't expose to extreme temperatures.
* Avoid prolonged spells of storage in car trunks/boots etc.
* Don't over-oil. It is more harmful to over-oil than to under-oil. Over-oiling adds weight, spoils driving power and may cause rot.
* Don't ever, ever stand the bat in oil.
* Don't allow the bat to become damp.
* Don't misuse or treat carelessly off the pitch- for example in nets or in changing rooms.
* Don't use cheap hard balls. These will damage the bat.
* Don't continue to play with a damaged bat. This will aggravate the damage to a point where the bat may be beyond repair.
* Do prepare the bat carefully prior to match play.
* Store the bat in off-season in a cool, dry environment away from excessive heat or dampness (humidity).
* Do re-oil the bat after any prolonged period of non-use. It is particularly important to do this prior to pre-season net practice.
* Do inspect the bat regularly for damage during play and repair promptly.
* And most important, do respect your bat. It was made by someone with a lot of care and precision.