ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 / Players / Bill Lawry
Full name William Morris Lawry
Born February 11, 1937, Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria
Current age 80 years 192 days
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm medium
|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|
|Only ODI||Australia v England at Melbourne, Jan 5, 1971 scorecard|
|First-class span||1955/56 - 1971/72|
|List A span||1964 - 1971/72|
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.
- Matt Renshaw's excellent adventure (Nov 30, 2016)
- When Lawry went long (Oct 9, 2016)
- 'Early in life I worked out that being yourself is the easiest thing' (Sep 3, 2016)
- Bill Lawry's fancier life (Jan 12, 2015)
- Benaud, Bill and the field of memories (Nov 10, 2014)
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