Full name Geoffrey Francis Lawson
Born December 7, 1957, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
Current age 59 years 46 days
Major teams Australia, Lancashire, New South Wales
Also known as Henry
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Brisbane, Nov 28-30, 1980 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v Sri Lanka at Brisbane, Dec 8-12, 1989 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v New Zealand at Adelaide, Nov 23, 1980 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Australia at Bangalore, Oct 27, 1989 scorecard|
|First-class span||1977/78 - 1991/92|
|List A span||1978/79 - 1991/92|
Geoff Lawson, an optometrist by training, suffered from tunnel vision, red mist and blind spots as much as any good fast bowler. But in the latter part of his career he showed much insight and perspective too, and so had a big impact on Australian cricket. A tall, lively-paced outswing bowler from Wagga Wagga, he came to attention in 1978-79 in the then-approved way, by hitting Geoff Boycott, and went on to take 180 Test wickets and one blow to the jaw for Australia. As captain of New South Wales, he insisted on a "get on or get out" philosophy that not only won the state titles, but also strongly influenced the methods of Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh as Test captains. Known to all as "Henry" after the Australian bush poet, he was still near to the game as an analyst and spectator, and succeeded Bob Woolmer as Pakistan's coach in July 2007. Although he led Pakistan to the final of the ICC World Twenty20, Lawson shared an uneasy relationship with PCB officials and the local media. His tenure ended in a summary dismissal days after the new PCB chief, Ijaz Butt, publicly announced that Lawson's contract would not be renewed.
Greg Baum/ Cricinfo staff October 2008
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