Hain Has The Power
Some people are born to use Gray-Nicolls. Identified by the brand at a young age as someone with the potential to do big things in the game, they are signed, nurtured, and encouraged to flourish. Others come to us later.
Sam Hain falls into the latter bracket. The Warwickshire batsman - born in Australia but English qualified - signed with Gray-Nicolls before the 2018 season on the back of some promising performances early in his career. His immediate impact with Gray-Nicolls was fantastic, scoring a century in his first innings with the company during the North vs South series in Dubai. Hain seems to have settled in fine.
“It’s just nice to be a part of the family that is Gray-Nicolls,” said Hain. “I think my first bat was a Gray-Nicolls Hayden 380, with a titanium handle. I still remember it. So whether it’s weird in some way that I would end up back at Gray-Nicolls, I’m not too sure, but mate, yeah I’m absolutely stoked to be a part of a big family in not just England, but around the world.”
Former ambassadors like Matthew Hayden would prove to be fine inspirations for Hain, who in 2019 will use the latest Powerbow, the 6X.
“I’m using the blue Powerbow6 in 2018, and it’s not too dissimilar. I’m pretty traditional when it comes to bats, I don’t like a lot going on, but there’s still enough there. Obviously, with this current day and age, you just want to stand out a little bit. I think they look very, very good and I look forward to using them.”
The 6X continues the long tradition of the Powerbow range, which launched the international career of Alastair Cook back in 2006. It’s a bat that classical stroke makers will enjoy, but with graphics to bring in into 2019. It is that tradition that Hain most associates with the brand.
“Gray-Nicolls is one of the companies that has withstood everything that’s been happening right back to the 1850s. I guess they’ve gone through all the changes we’ve seen in bats, and they’re still by far one of the leading companies in cricket equipment.”
Here’s to many more Powerbows to come.