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Stuart Law

Stuart Law
Personal information
Full name
Stuart Grant Law
Born (1968-10-18) 18 October 1968 (age 55)
Herston, Queensland, Australia
BowlingRight-arm medium, leg spin
International information
National side
Only Test (cap 365)8 December 1995 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 121)2 December 1994 v Zimbabwe
Last ODI13 February 1999 v England
Domestic team information
Head coaching information
2011Sri Lanka
2018–2019West Indies
2022–2024Bangladesh u19
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 1 54 367 392
Runs scored 54 1,237 27,080 11,812
Batting average 26.89 50.52 34.43
100s/50s 0/1 1/7 79/128 20/64
Top score 54* 110 263 163
Balls bowled 18 807 8,433 3,855
Wickets 0 12 83 90
Bowling average 52.91 51.03 35.17
5 wickets in innings 0 1 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/22 5/39 5/26
Catches/stumpings 1/– 12/– 407/– 154/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Australia
ICC Cricket World Cup
Runner-up 1996 India-Pakistan-Sri Lanka
Source:, 27 July 2009

Stuart Grant Law OAM (born 18 October 1968) is an Australian-born cricket coach and former cricketer. He was a part of the Australian squad which finished as runners-up at the 1996 Cricket World Cup.

He played one Test and 54 One Day Internationals (ODIs) for Australia. Law also captained Queensland to five Sheffield Shield titles and two one day trophies, making him the most successful captain in Australian domestic cricket; he is also Queensland's all-time leading run scorer in first-class cricket.[1]

He is also a cricket coach,who has coached Sri Lanka, Bangladesh (2011–2012), West Indies (2018-2019) and Middlesex (2019–2021).

Early life

Law was born and raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. He attended Brisbane State High School.

Domestic career

After a couple of seasons with the Australian youth team, Law made his first-class debut for Queensland in the 1988/89 Sheffield Shield, scoring 179 in his second match. In 1990/91, he had a superb season, with a batting average over 75 and scoring more than 1,200 runs.

In 1996, Law made his English County Championship debut, with Essex, and such was his success in England that he averaged over 55 in all but one of his six seasons at the county, making his career-best score of 263 in 1999. However, disagreements within the club led him to leave for Lancashire for 2002.

During his first season with Lancashire, Law was awarded his county cap.[2] Apart from an enforced absence through injury for part of the 2004 season, Law continued to pile up the runs for his new team, scoring 1,820 in 2003 at an exceptional average of 91, and after hitting 1,277 championship runs in 2007, signed a new one-year deal with the club.[3] Following Mark Chilton's resignation as captain at the end of the 2007 season, Law was appointed Lancashire captain ahead of players such as Dominic Cork, Glen Chapple and Luke Sutton.[4] He was released in October 2008 to be replaced by Glen Chapple as captain for the 2009 season, before signing a contract to play for Derbyshire in limited overs cricket in 2009.[5]

Law has represented the Chennai Superstars in the Indian Cricket League as their captain.[6]

International career

Law made his debut for Australia in a one day international in 1994, and captained Young Australia in England the following summer.[7] In total, Law played 54 one day matches for Australia between 1994 and 1999, including the 1996 World Cup. He batted mainly in the middle order, and took 12 wickets with a mix of medium pace and leg spin bowling.

In December 1995, he played his only Test match, the opening match of a home series against Sri Lanka. Playing in place of the injured Steve Waugh, Law scored 54 not out.[8] Law was dropped when Waugh returned for the following match.


Law was selected as one of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 1998.[9] In 2007, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia.[10]

Coaching career

Law was appointed as Sri Lanka's assistant coach in October 2009. He was then head coach in 2011–2012 of Bangladesh Cricket when Trevor Bayliss left shortly after the 2011 world cup. The Pakistan Cricket Team was trying to make him their coach but Mickey Arthur was announced the head coach instead.[11][12] On 27 January 2017, Stuart Law was appointed as the head coach of West Indies Cricket team on a two-year contract, starting on 15 February 2018 .[13]

He also coached Middlesex (2019–2021).[14]

In February 2022, Law was named interim head coach of Afghanistan.[15] In June 2022, he was appointed head coach of the Bangladesh national under-19 cricket team.[16] He is currently the head coach of Bangladesh U-19 Cricket team.

In April 2024, Law was appointed as the new head coach of the United States national cricket team.[17]

See also


  1. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff (14 November 2007). "Law takes on Lancashire captaincy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 14 November 2007.
  2. ^ Evans, Colin (2 September 2002), "Ronnie ruins Law's big day", Manchester Evening News, retrieved 23 September 2011
  3. ^ "Law Commits To Lancs", 2 November 2007, Archived 5 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Law takes on Lancashire captaincy". BBC Online. 14 November 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2007.
  5. ^ "Derbyshire Sign Law For 2009 Limited Overs Campaign". Cricket World. 24 March 2009. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2009.
  6. ^ ESPNcricinfo staff (14 November 2007). "Lara and Inzamam named in ICL teams". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  7. ^ Baum, Greg (18 October 2020). "Stuart Law: A county giant lost in an era of great Australian batsmanship – Almanack". Wisden. Retrieved 29 May 2022.
  8. ^ "Who holds the record for most runs in Tests without being dismissed?". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Wisden Cricketers of the Year". CricketArchive. Retrieved 20 November 2007.
  10. ^ "Aussie honour for Lancs star Law". BBC Sport. 25 January 2007. Retrieved 26 January 2007.
  11. ^ Stuart Law Named Bangladesh Cricket Head Coach,, 27 June 2011, retrieved 9 January 2013
  12. ^ Shankar, Ajay S (23 October 2009). "Stuart Law named Sri Lanka's assistant coach". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 9 January 2013.
  13. ^ "Stuart Law named West Indies coach". ESPNcricinfo. 27 January 2017. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  14. ^ "Middlesex Cricket Parts Compant with Head Coach Stuart Law". 27 October 2021. Retrieved 28 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Stuart Law named Afghanistan's interim head coach for Bangladesh tour". ESPNcricinfo. 19 February 2022. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  16. ^ "Stuart Law back in Bangladesh to make a difference". Prothom Alo. 18 July 2022. Retrieved 30 January 2023.
  17. ^ "Stuart Law appointed head coach of USA men's team". ESPNcricinfo. 18 April 2024. Retrieved 18 April 2024.
Sporting positions Preceded byIan Healy Queensland ING Cup captain 1999/00–2002/03 Succeeded byJimmy Maher Preceded byIan Healy Queensland Sheffield Shield captain 1999/00–2002/03 Succeeded byJimmy Maher Preceded byMark Chilton Lancashire captain 2008 Succeeded byGlen Chapple Preceded byRichard Scott Middlesex coach 2019–2021 Succeeded byVacant
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