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Top Ten - Ashes moustaches

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Oli Burley picks out his 10 favourite moustachioed players

There's a school of thought that a moustache increases manliness but how does that theory stand up when it comes to Ashes performances? Oli Burley trims down an impressive cast list to name his favourite moustachioed players of the last 40 years.

Graham Gooch, England

After bagging a pair on his Test debut in the 1975 Ashes Test at Edgbaston, the Leytonstone-born batsman bristled at the crease in another 117 Tests amassing 8900 runs in total - 2,632 of which came against Australia.

He flirted with five o'clock shadow on occasions, including the rebel tour to South Africa in 1980/81, but usually sported a thick moustache, trimmed with a military precision reflected in his shot execution.

David Boon, Australia

A powerhouse batsman who starred in four Ashes triumphs, Boon put away 52 cans of beer while flying to London ahead of the 1989 series. How many pints were soaked up by his bushy, walrus moustache has never been clarified but given his non-compromising style at the crease you suspect not much.

He topped the charts in the 1990/91 Ashes by scoring 530 runs at an average of 75.71, eclipsing moustachioed rival Gooch who racked up 426.

Allan Border, Australia

His slick, smooth moustache belied a hard-edged approach in 1989 when under his leadership Australia regained the Ashes for the first time on English soil since 1934. The doughty left-hander averaged over 56 across his impressive 47 Ashes Tests, scoring 3,548 runs in the process out of a career total of 11,174.

He seemed to take on England single-handedly at times in 1985, scoring 196 at Lord's and 146no at Old Trafford but the series was lost 3-1.

Allan Lamb, England

A strapping moustache suited stocky 'Legga', who was never happier than when he was punching the ball through the covers. He struck a memorable 83 in the closely-fought Melbourne Test of 83 and top-scored with 125 in England's first innings at Headingley in 1989 but perhaps is best remembered for the moment in 1985 when the ball deflected off his boot and looped to David Gower to spell the end of Wayne Phillips' resistance.

Oh, and although it's not the Ashes, who can forget his WSC assault on Bruce Reid at the SCG in 1986/87?

Ian Botham, England

Bearded as he bashed Australia about in 1981, Beefy had lost his whiskers by the time the 1985 series was in full flow but his strikingly-blond, shoulder-length haircut was more than ample compensation. Already assured of legend status, the all-rounder kept up his assault on Australian sensibilities and finished with 148 wickets against the old enemy from 36 matches.

Throw in 2,686 runs and who can doubt the power of the 'tache?

Rod Marsh, Australia

Whether Australia's wicketkeeper or an England selector, one thing didn't change - Marsh's bullish moustache. With glovework of the highest order he bagged himself 355 Test dismissals, a world record of its time, including 23 scalps on the 1981 tour of England where he became the first 'keeper to pass 100 dismissals in Ashes Tests.

His career tally of 3,633 runs included an unbeaten 110 in the 1977 Centenary Test, which underlined how integral he had become to the side's middle-order.

Merv Hughes, Australia

The king of the crop, with a handlebar Britain's Olympic cycle team would be proud of. He reportedly had his trademark facial hair insured for £200k during a career that produced 75 Ashes wickets, a haul that included 31 on the 1993 tour of England as Australia romped to a 4-1 victory.

Whether leading his fans in warm-up exercise routines or bounding in with utter enthusiasm, Hughes was always entertaining but he'll probably want to forget Brisbane 1986 when Beefy blasted 22 off one of his overs.

Dennis Lillee, Australia

Perhaps the greatest quickie of them all, Lillee's pace, accuracy and mastery of seam made him a lethal proposition. In full flight he was a sight to behold, all effortless motion and poise but with a sting in the tail - just ask England's batsmen on the 1974/75 tour.

Amid the carnage his headbands and elegant moustache were a sideshow to the main event which was usually 'caught Marsh, bowled Lillee' - the most prolific bowler-wicketkeeper combination in Test history.

Richard Ellison, England

Played just 11 Tests, but will never be forgotten by Ashes aficionados for his four-wicket burst in the fifth Ashes Test of 1985 at Edgbaston that reduced Australia to 37-5 in their second innings. The Kent seamer finished with 10 in the match and was named as one of Wisden's cricketers of the year in 1986 after wrapping up the series with six scalps at the Oval.

Unlike some, he's still unafraid to sport the bushy hair and mean moustache of our memories.

Max Walker, Australia

He may have been back-up to Lillee in the bowling stakes, but Walker was up there with the best when it came to a moustache-off. Nicknamed 'Tangles' for his unusual bowling action, Walker's drooping facial hair was anything but, although there were times when it appeared ready for a timely trim.

His star Ashes turn came in the sixth Test of the 1974-75 series, when in the absence of Jeff Thomson he took 8-143 but could not prevent Australia losing by an innings and four runs.

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