George Bailey has brought back the Floppy Gold hat in 2016. Let’s have a look at an XI of committed floppy wearers across the years.
Moody was committed to the floppy gold cause during the 1992 World Cup, a high point in floppy gold wearing. Not only did he wear it fielding he also wore it batting.
The 1992 World Cup team were committed to the floppy, as seen by a team of 4 floppys: 3 gold – Moody, Mark Waugh and Geoff Marsh (I think) – and strangely 1 white, Dean Jones I think.
2. Mark Taylor
Tubby loved a floppy, and his memorable 334* against Pakistan in Peshawar in 1998 was reached wearing a floppy.
3. Richie Richardson
Richie Richardson is more than just the spiritual leader of coloured floppy hats he is the patron saint. Richardson made the floppy maroon his own whether it be one day internationals or test matches the maroon was ever present complete with a brim so wide it bordered on the ridiculous. No such thing as a white floppy for Tests for the patron saint.
4. Mark Waugh (Captain)
Mark Waugh captains this side for his commitment to floppies across both formats of the game. Unfortunately his brother, Steve did not share his love for the floppy and as captain he mandated that all players had to wear the baggy green at certain times during test matches.
5. George Bailey
George Bailey is bringing back the floppy gold hat. You can’t make up quotes like this:
“We’ve been pushing it for years, to bring back the coloured floppy,” Bailey said.
“I’d imagine in 10 or 15 years, the coloured floppy will have the same sort of significance as the Baggy Green.
“I think there’ll be youngsters growing up wanting to don the floppy. It’s got that sort of power.
6. Michael Bevan
The greatest one day batsmen of all time preferred the floppy gold at a time when it was being shunned by teammates. But if one wasn’t available a floppy white would do. Like the true floppy greats – Richie Richardson & Mark Waugh – Bevan batted in the floppy.
Sometimes, the floppy was more popular with teammates – like when it was stinking hot in Sharjah.
7. Alec Stewart
Not many wicket keepers stray from the peaked cap, not Alec. In colour and in tests he wasn’t afraid to don the floppy.
8. Shane Warne
From the start of his career Warne has preferred the floppy. Some say the rift between he and Steve Waugh started over headwear issues – more here.
Warne even preferred broad brim headwear when commentating
1999 was another peak floppy time – but unfortunately the powers that be furnished the one day team not with floppy golds but floppy whites.
Here is the 9 slip field against Zimbabwe from September 1999.
1st slip – Warne (obscured), 2nd slip – M Waugh, 3rd slip – Moody, 4th slip – Martyn, 8th slip – Bevan
And another angle
9. Brett Lee
Brett Lee’s one day career was blighted by one thing – there were no floppy golds during his career and he had to settle for a boring old floppy white. Not fair.
Even Brett’s brother Shane preferred the floppy – must run in the family.
10. Merv Hughes
There are a plethora of fast bowlers who preffered the floppy to the baggy, Mervyn G Hughes amongst them and his trademark stretching and moustache.
11. Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie – goatee, mullet and floppy. That is all.
12th man – Darren Lehmann
Lehmann, according to unconfirmed reports, scored two of his test centuries under the floppy. He was also committed to the floppy cause at South Australia from a young age.
Coach: John Buchanan
No man has ever worn the floppy gold with such frequency or committment. At a time when the players were shunning them and Brett Lee couldn’t get hold of a gold one, this man just loved his floppy gold. Maybe even just a little too much.
And a very firm floppy to finish. Perhaps not even a floppy at all.
Selector: John Inverarity
Most Australians thought John Inverarity was off his 3KZ when he was a national selector. What wasn’t in doubt was what he wore on his head – a floppy. Seems at least on one of these traditions has been passed onto current selector Rod Marsh. Rod added his own touch with his choice of sunglasses.
Physio: Martin Love
Batsmen Martin Love played 5 tests for Australia. Some say he wore many hats. Love is now the Queensland team physio.