The verb ‘to beard’ means to carry out any action whatsoever whilst sporting a smashing beard.
India have been on a bit of a high after winning the interminable CB Series in Australia. They’re returning to earth at great speed now, after South Africa scored 540 in the first Test. Perhaps in light of India’s newfound fast-bowling strength, they should prepare green pitches and foresake their traditional low, slow turners.
That would be sad though. We’re against the homogenisation of pitches. A tour to a far-off land should be as different as different can be. Diversity is what makes cricket so intriguing.
Hashim Amla bearded a great many of South Africa’s runs. He was run out for 159 having bearded 20 fours.
He’ll be bearding well tonight.