Broken fingers are one of the most common injuries cricketers pick up.
So it's extra important the hands are well protected when you're batting.
Modern gloves are very lightweight and provide lots of protection, especially to the bottom hand.
It is usually the bottom hand that gets struck when a ball bounces sharply off the pitch.
Each finger of both gloves has flexible padded areas, making it easy to get the glove around the bat.
All gloves also have extra protection on the thumb of the bottom hand - that's the right hand for a right-handed batsman, left hand for a left-hander.
Some gloves have extra protection over the first and second fingers of the bottom hand.