March 6, 2013

Australia tour of India 2012-13

Aussies fail Merv's 'tache test

Vishal Dikshit
Nathan Lyon bowls in the nets, Adelaide Oval, January 21, 2012
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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

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Posted by vemachine on (March 6, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

He may be onto something - didn't the recent England tour take place in something called 'movember'?

Posted by WillPash on (March 6, 2013, 13:15 GMT)

LOL - Hahaha - That's rich coming from someone who resembles the biker from the Village People. England didn't do a bad job in India last year (facing a Indian team in the middle of transition), and guess what, not a single facial hair to be seen in the English side. The reason Australia lost to a solid India team is because they went ill-prepared (worst batting line up I can remember the Aussies having) and expecting seamers to win matches in the sub-continent. They do it again and again, its like the old saying; doing the same thing every time and expecting the different result is a sign of madness. Well at least India have taught them a lesson, now let the Ashes build up begin.

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