Beard of the Year?
Monty Panesar was celebrating on the field during day one of the third Ashes Test as he became the first English spinner to take a Test five-wicket haul in Perth, and he returned to the pavilion to more good news.
His heroics came too late for the BBC Sports Personality vote but Panesar has been named as one of the favourites for the Beard of the Year award, handed out annually by the Beard Liberation Front, an informal network of beard wearers.
Other cricketing personalities among the nominees are Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq and Test Match Special statistician Bill "The Bearded Wonder" Frindall, a regular inclusion.
Slow left-armer Panesar also faces competition from actor Ricky Tomlinson and Fidel Castro. The ailing president of Cuba was unavailable for comment but BLF organiser Keith Flett found time to speak to BBC Radio Northampton.
"He's one of the front-runners for the award this year," said Flett.
"He may have a beard for slightly different reasons, but at the end of the day it's still a beard, and it's a magnificent beard.
"Obviously it's his bowling, but I think his beard may well play a role there.
"The Aussie batsmen are probably a bit bamboozled as they see the beard coming towards them and, you know, that's it - off they go back to the pavilion."
While Monty celebrated his fifth wicket, captain Andrew Flintoff was wicketless and with good reason, according to Flett.
During his Ashes heroics of 2005, Flintoff sported a decent covering of gingery-blond designer stubble and surprisingly scooped the Beard of the Year award as a result.
But there is no place for him in this year's nominees as his "beard has declined during 2006", according to the latest BLF statement in the Test Match Special email inbox.
Beard of the Year nominees:
Bill Bryson, author
Fidel Castro, politician
Bill Frindall, broadcaster
George Galloway, politician
Christopher Howse, journalist
Paul Mackney, trade unionist
Monty Panesar, cricketer
Brian Perkins, broadcaster
Terry Pratchett, author
Tom Robinson, broadcaster
Richard Rowlett, Stilton cheesemaker
Ricky Tomlinson, actor
Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia
Robert Wyatt, musician