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In your podcast 7 you mention the rules for changing your bat. In relation to this, does the match start as soon as the ends have been chosen, and before the warm up begins? Then, applying this to the rule for changing bats, can a player warm up then change bats before the first game starts? We are excluding damaged bats in this case, but are thinking of a player who uses the excuse that he doesn't want to wear out his good bat in the warm up. Related to this is the inspection of bats that, I presume, would normally happen before any warm up? I have never seen inspection of bats at my club. Is this an unusual thing to do at club level? What are your thoughts on how to go about checking out the other player's rubbers before a match so that you have some idea of their bats characteristics before playing? Is this best approached as part of general social chit chat? And, in the end, do any of these questions really matter? Should we just get on and have a hit and not get caught up with some of these rules?
The match does start with the warm up. You are not allowed to go back to talk to your coach after this happens so that is the start of the match. You would not be able to change your bat after the warm up. If you go to take off your tracksuit etc after the warm up, you have to leave your bat on the table.
You can inspect the other players bat at the start of the match when you do the toss for serve. The things to look for are if they are using a pimpled or anti-spin rubber. In most club level matches you would know the other players. At international matches, this may be the only time you ever get a chance to see your opponents bat and what they are using. There isn't much else that is going to make a big difference to the match.
It is good to have information about the other player so that you can understand what is happening during the game, especially if they are using a pimpled rubber.
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