Cricket’s changed a fair bit over the years, with the one bouncer rule, TV umpires and limited overs matches to name but a few. But the most heinous of changes which has occurred is that of facial hair. Besides the likes of Mohammad Yousuf and Hashim Amla keeping the beardy torch held aloft, the moustachioed cricketer has been hunted and shaven to virtual extinction.
Therefore, I took it upon myself to celebrate the cricketing moustache, and this led to ‘T’Ashes Heroes’. Over the next few weeks, in the run up to the start of the first Test in Brisbane, Mental Disintegration will be profiling several English and Australian cricketers of yesteryear, each of whom achieved different things on the field, but are united by their dedication to hairy upper lips.
Of course, the main reason behind this series is in fact my way of showing support for Movember. Movember runs events throughout the month to raise awareness of prostate cancer – the number one cancer affecting men, and challenges folk to grow ‘taches to act as the foundation’s ribbon. Unfortunately, I seem to be unable to cultivate a convincing moustache, and whilst I continue to struggle in this area, I thought I’d try something a bit different.