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Bill Lawry      

Full name William Morris Lawry

Born February 11, 1937, Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria

Current age 77 years 251 days

Major teams Australia, Victoria

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

Other Commentator

William Morris Lawry
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 67 123 12 5234 210 47.15 13 27 15 30 0
ODIs 1 1 0 27 27 27.00 49 55.10 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 249 417 49 18734 266 50.90 50 100 122 0
List A 6 6 1 218 108* 43.60 1 0 3 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 67 2 14 6 0 - - - 2.57 - 0 0 0
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 249 266 188 5 1/3 37.60 4.24 53.2 0 0
List A 6 - - - - - - - - - - - -
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Birmingham, Jun 8-13, 1961 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 29-Feb 3, 1971 scorecard
Test statistics
Only ODI Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1955-1972
List A span 1964-1972
Profile

After catching the eye with elegant strokes on his first Ashes tour in 1961, long-nosed left-hander Bill Lawry steadily pared his batting back, until it was as skeletal as his appearance. By the time he inherited Australia's captaincy against India in 1967-68, he had become the most rigidly self-denying batsman of his generation, as hard to watch as he was to dismiss. Ian Wooldridge, the English journalist, called him "a corpse with pads on". Lawry's courage was a byword, and he withstood fearsome bombardments from Trueman and Statham in the infamous Ridge Test at Lord's in June 1961, and from Hall and Griffith on an underprepared Sydney surface in February 1969. Twice, too, he carried his bat through completed Test innings. Selectors, however, treated him scurvily, dumping him as leader and player in January 1971. It is difficult to relate Lawry the deadpan accumulator to Lawry the adolescent enthusiast, now that he is a TV commentator of such infectious animation.
Gideon Haigh

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Jan 20, 2013

Bill Lawry speaks at Tony Greig's memorial service, Sydney, January 20, 2013

Bill Lawry speaks at Tony Greig's memorial service

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Nov 16, 2010

Tony Greig, Mark Taylor, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry, Channel 9 commentators, attend the launch of the Ashes, Sydney, November 16, 2010

Tony Greig, Mark Taylor, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry, Channel 9 commentators, attend the launch of the Ashes

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Feb 15, 2010

Bill Lawry is inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame, Melbourne, February 15, 2010

Bill Lawry is inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1962

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