Mitchell Johnson and Cricket's Facial Hair Oscars
So, here at Bleacher Report we have decided to throw the mother of all parties—or, more accurately, construct a brief slideshow—to celebrate the best and worst beards, moustaches, sideburns and other bits which don't even have a name, in the sport.
Read on to see who will have to prepare an excruciating acceptance speech and who will be drowning their sorrows in free champagne.
For those who have trouble identifying different types of facial hair, here is a helpful guide.
Coolest Facial Hair: Chris Gayle
Let's face it. Even if Chris Gayle was spotted trainspotting at Clapham Junction wearing a faded fleece jacket, listening to a Nickelback album and drinking a mug of Horlicks, he would still be cool.
And with the latest instalment of the Indian Premier League imminent, expect to see a lot more of the West Indian master blaster in the coming months.
Honourable mention: Shikhar Dhawan
Best Newcomer: Nasir Hossain
The best newcomer award goes to Bangladesh's Nasir Hossain, who has backed up his featherweight soup-strainer with long, manicured sideboards that eventually connect with a goatee to complete an anchor-type effect.
Averaging over 42.00 with the bat after 14 Tests, the young all-rounder could play a vital role in his country's cricketing growth.
Honourable mention: Chris Jordan
Best Overseas Facial Hair: Daniel Vettori
To be honest, the ageless Kiwi all-rounder has experimented with various shades of designer stubble for a while now. But it's only recently he's gone for what's known in the trade as full bear.
Honourable mention: Hashim Amla. One of the all-time great beards, but the South African run machine misses out this year.
Best British Facial Hair: Monty Panesar
Despite a difficult year on and off the field, Monty Panesar stands out as a lush, luxurious oasis in the middle of an arid beardless England cricket team desert.
In 2006, the spinner narrowly edged out Fidel Castro to claim the coveted "Beard of the Year" title, and Monty is still going strong today.
Honourable mention: Matt Prior
Mystery Facial Hair: Sunil Narine
It's a slightly wispy action with a hint of mystery that is very hard to categorise. And that's just Sunil Narine's facial hair. Let's not even get into the little tufted mohawk that sits on top of the spinner's head.
But seriously, Narine is one of the world's best T20 bowlers and has claimed 137 wickets at an average of 15.78.
Honourable mention: Tillekaratne Dilshan
Oddest Facial Hair: Peter Siddle
Is that a shadow? Or a small patch of beard known among facial hair enthusiasts as a soul patch? Only Australian bowler Peter Siddle will know. Better photographic evidence is here.
Despite taking 16 wickets at an average of 24.12, the paceman was recently dropped from the team for the latest Test against South Africa.
Honourable mention: Hamid Hassan of Afghanistan
Lifetime Achievement Award: Merv Hughes
Best Supporting Beard of the Year: Ravindra Jadeja
This is a difficult award to categorise, but this all-round effort from India's Ravindra Jadeja deserves some sort of recognition.
In the past, the Chennai Super King man has experimented with a variety of textures and styles before settling on the above creation. And judging by his Asia Cup form, it could be a keeper.
Honourable mention: Shahid Afridi
Worst Facial Hair of the Year: David Warner
What started out as a Mickey Pearce-esque pencil moustache soon morphed into something from Deliverance and helped David Warner to terrorise England in the Ashes.
Another example of the 'stache that most likely played a part in forcing the traumatised Graeme Swann into retirement is here.
Of course, it all started out as an effort to support the Movember cause, so fair play to Warner and the rest of the Aussies for raising awareness of this worthwhile cause.
Best Facial Hair of the Year: Mitchell Johnson
This is the one they've all been waiting for. The highly sought after Best Facial Hair of the Year award goes to...Mitchell Johnson.
There should be no link between ability and facial hair, but the presence of a sensational Fu Manchu moustache seems to give the 32-year-old Johnson a boost.
Having being previously written off due to loss of form and confidence, the left-arm pace demon has re-emerged over the last 12 months to become the world's premier fast bowler.
And even though the moustache was originally just for Movember, Johnson still sports it to this day, and it has become part of his menacing presence.