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Liam Dawson

Liam Dawson
Personal information
Full name
Liam Andrew Dawson
Born (1990-03-01) 1 March 1990 (age 34)
Swindon, Wiltshire, England
NicknameDaws, Lemmy
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
BowlingSlow left-arm orthodox
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 676)16 December 2016 v India
Last Test14 July 2017 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 244)4 September 2016 v Pakistan
Last ODI22 November 2022 v Australia
ODI shirt no.83
T20I debut (cap 76)5 July 2016 v Sri Lanka
Last T20I25 September 2022 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no.83
Domestic team information
2007–presentHampshire (squad no. 8)
2013Prime Bank Cricket Club
2014Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club
2015Essex (on loan)
2016Rangpur Riders
2017Chittagong Vikings
2018–2020Peshawar Zalmi (squad no. 7)
2018/19Comilla Victorians
2021Southern Brave
2022Islamabad United (squad no. 83)
2022–2023London Spirit
2023Lahore Qalandars
2023/24Melbourne Stars
2023/24Sunrisers Eastern Cape
2024Gulf Giants
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 3 6 190 166
Runs scored 84 63 9,239 3,654
Batting average 21.00 12.60 33.47 32.62
100s/50s 0/1 0/0 14/49 3/19
Top score 66* 20 171 113*
Balls bowled 526 264 19,548 6,547
Wickets 7 5 296 173
Bowling average 42.57 58.60 32.10 29.98
5 wickets in innings 0 0 9 2
10 wickets in match 0 0 2 0
Best bowling 2/34 2/70 7/51 7/15
Catches/stumpings 2/– 2/– 196/– 77/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  England
ICC Cricket World Cup
Winner 2019 England and Wales
ICC T20 World Cup
Winner 2022 Australia
Runner-up 2016 India
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 30 September 2023

Liam Andrew Dawson (born 1 March 1990) is an English cricketer who plays for Hampshire and for the England cricket team. He is a right-handed batsman who bowls slow left-arm orthodox spin. He made his international debut for England in July 2016, and has since played all three formats of the game for England, the last in 2018. Dawson was part of the England squad that won the 2019 Cricket World Cup, however, he did not play in any matches during the tournament.

Early career

Dawson started playing cricket at the age of 3 and joined Goatacre when he was 7. He then moved on to play his youth cricket at Chippenham Cricket Club in Wiltshire, where he was spotted by Hampshire.

After appearing regularly for Hampshire Second XI and Wiltshire in 2006, Dawson was selected for England under-19s tour of Malaysia in 2006/07. During the tour, he took impressive figures of 6/9 against Malaysia.[1] During England under-19s Test series with Pakistan in 2007, he was England's leading wicket-taker.

Domestic and T20 franchise career

Dawson appeared in three List A matches for Hampshire towards the end of the 2007 season. He failed to take a wicket but he scored a run-a-ball 32 on his debut. On 19 September 2007, he made his first-class debut against Yorkshire, although he did not bat or bowl.

Dawson scored his maiden century at Trent Bridge against Nottinghamshire in 2008. In January 2009, he was called into the England Lions squad to tour New Zealand. Dawson was a member of Hampshire's 2009 Friends Provident Trophy winning team. In 2010, he played just eight Championship matches, averaging 29 with the bat. In 2011, he averaged 36 in the Championship. He averaged 35 in List A games as he began to build a reputation for himself as a solid batsman.

In 2012, Dawson's bowling began to become more prominent, as he picked up 26 wickets for Hampshire in the County Championship, averaging 32. However, his batting regressed as he averaged less than 30 in the season. He also became an important part of Hampshire's bowling line-up in the T20's, taking nine wickets.

In 2013, Dawson scored over 1,000 first-class runs for the first time in his career, although he was less effective with the ball, taking just eleven Championship wickets. However, his bowling in One Day cricket became more effective as he took 12 List A wickets, the most in his career. He continued his impressive performances with the ball in T20 cricket, taking a further 13 wickets. In 2014, after falling out of favour at Hampshire, Dawson moved to Essex on loan. Dawson performed well during the loan, and when he returned to Hampshire, he reclaimed his spot in the side. In 2015, he took 29 wickets in the Championship, and 12 in List A cricket as his bowling continued to improve.

In October 2018, Dawson was named in the squad for the Comilla Victorians team, following the draft for the 2018–19 Bangladesh Premier League.[2] In April 2022, he was bought by the London Spirit for the 2022 season of The Hundred.[3]

International career

In 2016, Dawson earned his first call up to a senior international squad when he was selected for England's squad for the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, although he didn't play a game for the side.

On 5 July 2016, Dawson made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for England against Sri Lanka.[4][5]

On 4 September 2016, Dawson made his One Day International (ODI) debut for England against Pakistan.[6] He scored ten runs and took figures of 2-70.

In November 2016, Dawson was named in England's Test squad for the final two matches of the series against India.[7] He made his Test debut on 16 December 2016 against India in the fifth Test of the series. He scored an unbeaten 66 in his maiden innings, as England made 477.[8] Murali Vijay was his first Test wicket, after he trapped him lbw, as he finished with figures of 2–129.

Dawson played in the second T20I against India, and took figures of 0-20 after opening the bowling.

On 6 July 2017, Dawson was called up to the England squad for the South Africa Test series and was selected to play as the second spinner on the side. He took four wickets and scored a pair of two-ball ducks.[9]

On 21 May 2019, England finalised their squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, with Dawson named in the 15 man squad.[10] He was one of two players, along with Tom Curran, who were unused as England won the tournament.[11]

On 27 July 2020, Dawson was named in England's squad for the ODI series against Ireland.[12][13]

In September 2021, Dawson was named as one of three travelling reserves in England's squad for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup, though he played no part in the tournament.[14] He was recalled to the full T20I squad for the England tour of West Indies in 2022.[15]


  1. ^ Malaysia Under-19s v England Under-19s, Tri-Series 2006/07, Scorecard, CricketArchive, Retrieved on 22 January 2008
  2. ^ "Full players list of the teams following Players Draft of BPL T20 2018-19". Bangladesh Cricket Board. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The Hundred 2022: latest squads as Draft picks revealed". BBC Sport. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  4. ^ "Liam Dawson profile and biography, stats, records, averages, photos and videos". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland, Only T20I: England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jul 5, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 5 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Pakistan tour of England and Ireland, 5th ODI: England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Sep 4, 2016". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 4 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Jennings and Dawson to join squad". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  8. ^ "England tour of India, 5th Test: India v England at Chennai, Dec 16-20, 2016". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
  9. ^ "South Africa tour of England, 1st Test: England v South Africa at Lord's, Jul 6-9, 2017". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
  10. ^ "World Cup: England name Jofra Archer, Tom Curran & Liam Dawson in squad". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  11. ^ "England Cricket World Cup player ratings: How every star fared on the road to glory". Evening Standard. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  12. ^ "England Men name 14-strong squad for Royal London Series". England and Wales Cricket Board. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  13. ^ "England v Ireland: David Willey & Reece Topley recalled for ODI series". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  14. ^ "Tymal Mills makes England's T20 World Cup squad, no return for Ben Stokes". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  15. ^ "England name 16-man squad for WI tour". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 December 2021.
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