By today’s standards the greats of the 1980s had pretty dodgy barnets. There are also some pretty dodgy barnets about now too though, so The Village Cricketer has decided to select a side made up of the worst hair in world cricket: The Village Cricketer’s Bad Hair Day XI.

At this point in time I am two batters short, it seems as though batsmen around world cricket today generally have a bit more style. Your suggestions would be appreciated.

Michael Vaughan: It seems from watching the current test against India that Vaughany has developed a bit of a mullet. I will blame this on the fact that he spent a lot of his life in Sheffield.


Hamish Marshall:  Stylish middle-order Kiwi batsman, the proud owner of a regular dodgy perm, he bouffed it up for a memorable  Twenty20 match against the Aussies back in 2005.

Bad perm 

Paul Collingwood: Not a bad chop in recent times, but the do on his Cricinfo profile photo is dreadful. The main reason for his inclusion is for being a ginger, it has been reported that he said he brings “a bit of ginger to the England team”

A bit of ginge

Andrew Symonds: Also made it into TVC’s most annoying XI. Roy turned down the opportunity to play for England, but redeemed himself by turning up drunk before Australia’s embarrassing loss to Bangladesh on the Ashes tour. Long dreadlocks bulge in an unsightly fashion from beneath his helmet.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 26 year old Indian wicketkeeper. According to Cricinfo, “swashbuckling with the bat and secure with the wicketkeeping gloves… his neck-length hair adds to his dash”


Jason Gillespie: Where’s your caravan? Gipseyeque Aussie paceman now wasting the remainder of his career at Yorkshire.


Lasith Malinga: The slinger from Sri Lanka, Malinga learnt his cricket on the beach and probably got his haircut at the same place. Big star, big hair


Shanthakumaran Sreesanth: Former Indian breakdancing champion who now bowls pacey outswingers. Hair these days is more respectable than the old mushroom style, still pretty bad

Hairum scareum 

Ryan Sidebottom: Sideshow Bob lookalike wearing bad hair for Nottinghamshire and England.