Aussies fail Merv's 'tache test
No use blaming the batsmen, the pitches, or the lack of spinners. Former Australia fast bowler Merv Hughes, instantly recognisable in his playing days by his handlebar moustache, has said what Australia lack on the tour of India is not skill, determination or a magic wand, but 'facial hair'.
Currently in India with a touring party for the Test series, Hughes said, "I feel facial hair brings the best out of the players. I would like to see the guys with moustaches, beards, goatees, half-beards and half-shaved heads."
Hughes also had another, practical, reason for his suggestion. "When the Australians come to the subcontinent, a lot of the guys grow beards to protect their face from the sun. It is not just a fashion statement.
"When I played, a lot of people had moustaches - David Boon and Graham Gooch both had lovely moustaches."
Interestingly, neither Gooch nor Boon were a part of a series win in India and - Hughes never played a Test in India.
Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo