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Whose beard has had the most impact on England v South Africa Test series

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front
6th August

Moeen Ali, Hashim Amla or Aleem Dar: whose beard has had the most impact on England v South Africa series?

With the England v South Africa Test series likely to conclude on Sunday or Monday, the Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, is seeking to identify the beard that has had most impact in the four-match series.

Two of the world’s most well-known hirsute cricketers, Moeen Ali and Hashim Amla have played in each match with Moeen becoming the first England cricketer with a beard to take a Test hat-trick at the Oval.

Also in contention is hirsute Umpire Aleem Dar who is setting a new benchmark for hirsute match officials. Jonathan Agnew has reported on Test Match Special that Aleem’s beard is the product of nine months nurturing.

Hat-tricks aside, where as academic Peter Coles noted, the ball goes on with the beard, assessing the impact of beards on a Test is a complex matter.

Hashim Amla has not had a great series by his standards, but his beard has still given stature to the South African side. Meanwhile Aleem Dar has underlined how a beard can add extra gravitas to umpiring decisions.

Will Moeen’s hat-trick beard both?

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