Cricket has always had a fun relationship with facial hair – who can forget big Merv Hughes’ famous moustache?
Hughes was a fast bowler, but the spinners have never been far behind when it comes to displaying a grizzled face. Here’s a look at the five best bearded spinners.
BISHEN SINGH BEDI
Slow left arm orthodox, played for India from 1966-79 and part of the famous ‘spin quartet’, taking 266 wickets in 67 Tests.
English slow left arm orthodox spinner who played an even 50 Tests for 167 wickets. A cult hero with fans throughout his career.
The controversial Sri Lankan right-arm offbreak spinner is the world record holder for Test wickets taking 800 in 133 Tests.
The vintage Kiwi took 362 wickets in 113 Tests over a career that stretched from 1997 to 2014. Another slow left arm orthodox.
The latest spin king, the right arm off spinner is just the second player to score 250+ runs and take 20+ wickets in a series.