Full name Richard Kevin James Dawson
Born August 4, 1980, Doncaster, Yorkshire
Current age 34 years 361 days
Major teams England, British Universities, Devon, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Yorkshire
Nickname Billy Dog
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Height 6 ft 4 in
Education Batley Grammar School; Exeter University
|Test debut||India v England at Mohali, Dec 3-6, 2001 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 2-6, 2003 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Gloucestershire v Kent at Bristol, Sep 23-25, 2009 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999|
|Last List A||Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Cardiff, May 15, 2011 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Derbyshire v Yorkshire at Derby, Jul 2, 2004 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Gloucestershire v Surrey at Bristol, Jul 18, 2010 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|-||Yorks 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Taunton||16 Sep 2014||Other|
|-||Yorks 2nd XI||v MCC YC||Shenley||12 Aug 2014||Other|
|21, 0/31||Glouc 2nd XI||v Durham 2nd||Cambridge||10 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|15, 0/9||Glouc 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Coventry||8 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|0/18||Glouc 2nd XI||v Warwcks 2nd||Coventry||8 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|-||Glouc 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Bristol||7 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|3||Glouc 2nd XI||v Smrst 2nd XI||Bristol||7 Jun 2011||Other T20|
|22, 2/29||Glouc 2nd XI||v Essex 2nd XI||Bishop's Stortford||31 May 2011||Other OD|
|29*, 1/9||Gloucs||v Dorset||Sherborne||27 May 2011||Other T20|
|0/11, 12||Glouc 2nd XI||v Glam 2nd XI||Bristol||26 May 2011||Other T20|
A silk shirt in an empty English cupboard, Richard Dawson helped bowl Yorkshire to their first Championship since 1968, and at just 21 was chosen for England's 2001-02 tours to India and New Zealand. An accurate, attacking bowler with a dainty, high-stepping action reminiscent of Peter Such, Dawson flights the ball well, and extracts plenty of turn, grips the turf and uses his height to conjure some hearty bounce. Easy-going and quick to learn, he took four wickets in his debut innings at Mohali, and stepped into the breach against Australia the following winter, following an injury to Ashley Giles. Although palpably out of his depth, he kept his head above water, and proved his temperament with some brave batting against the likes of Brett Lee.
Handy in the outfield as well, he is multi-dimensional enough to make more of a mark than England's last two wet-nursed offspinners, Jason Brown and Graeme Swann, and in 2004, he was named in England's 30-man pool of players for that season's Champions Trophy. But thereafter he faded from the reckoning and by the end of 2006, unable to command a place in the Yorkshire side, he found himself released on financial grounds - and Northamptonshire quickly snapped him up on a one-year deal for 2007. It was a short-lived stay and his deal wasn't renewed, leaving him out of the professional set-up until Gloucestershire came knocking towards the end of the 2008 season.
After two seasons, his playing opportunities steadily declined and younger spinners were preferred. He ended his playing career at the end of the 2011 season having only made 2nd XI appearances that season. He took 199 first-class wickets. He stayed with Gloucestershire, signing as their spin-bowling coach.
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