Full name Liam Andrew Dawson
Born March 1, 1990, Swindon, Wiltshire
Current age 27 years 230 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Mountaineers, Prime Bank Cricket Club, Rangpur Riders
Nickname Daws, Lemmy
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 5 ft 8 in
Education John Bentley School
Relation Brother - BC Dawson
|Test debut||India v England at Chennai, Dec 16-20, 2016 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v South Africa at Nottingham, Jul 14-17, 2017 scorecard|
|Only ODI||England v Pakistan at Cardiff, Sep 4, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||England v Sri Lanka at Southampton, Jul 5, 2016 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v South Africa at Taunton, Jun 23, 2017 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Hampshire at Leeds, Sep 19-22, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Hampshire at Birmingham, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Northamptonshire v Hampshire at Northampton, Aug 27, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||England Lions v South Africa A at Northampton, Jun 5, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Sussex v Hampshire at Hove, Jun 13, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Birmingham, Sep 2, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|1/20, 3, 0/0, 9||Hampshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|8, 3/88, 10||Hampshire||v Essex||Southampton||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|4/22, 9, 2/35||Hampshire||v Surrey||Southampton||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|2/36, 4||Hampshire||v Notts||Birmingham||2 Sep 2017||T20|
|10, 3/28||Hampshire||v Derbyshire||Derby||22 Aug 2017||T20|
|1/40, 4||Hampshire||v Somerset||Southampton||18 Aug 2017||T20|
|2/25||Hampshire||v Kent||Canterbury||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|2/15||Hampshire||v Glamorgan||Southampton||10 Aug 2017||T20|
|1/42, 75, 2/62||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Southampton||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|18, 3/41||Hampshire||v Essex||Southampton||4 Aug 2017||T20|
The selection of Liam Dawson in England's World T20 squad in 2016 carried a message of hope for all cricketers dutifully plying their trade on the county circuit. In Hampshire's T20 campaign of 2015 Dawson played two games, scored three runs in one knock and did not take a wicket; he scored three in his solitary T20 innings. With his career faltering, he was loaned out to Essex for a month. Then came a remarkable transformation.
Dawson finished the season well for Hampshire after returning from Essex. After an excellent 50-over campaign, he ousted fellow slow left-armer Danny Briggs from the Championship side, finding himself the county's senior spinner when Briggs moved to Sussex in search of regular cricket across all formats. Then Surrey's Zafar Ansari, who England most favoured as the next spin-bowling allrounder in line, suffered a serious hand injury and, with options scarce, Dawson was summoned to the England Performance Programme. He did enough to join England's T20 World Cup squad in India, although he did not play; his England T20 debut came on his home ground at the Ageas Bowl against Sri Lanka in July 2016, an ODI debut against Pakistan also following by the end of the summer.
Dawson was overlooked as a spinning allrounder for England's Test tours of Bangladesh and India in 2016, with Ansari preferred, but Ansari was hampered by back trouble in India and Dawson joined the squad in mid-series. A Test debut followed in Chennai, where he made a dogged, unbeaten 66 batting at No. 8.
Dawson, first involved with Hampshire at 10 years old, responded with a solid county season, scoring more than 1,300 runs at 45 in all formats and taking 47 wickets with left-arm spin designed for the limited-overs format. He was chosen for England's Test squad in Bangladesh and, although he did not play, he won a contract with Rangpur Riders in the BPL.
Dawson is a former England U-19 captain who recorded the best figures for the side with 6 for 9 against Malaysia in 2007. He then steadily developed into a top order batsman with the supplementary quality of useful left-arm spin. He has grown into an integral part of Hampshire's side in all formats and is now arguably Hampshire's most versatile player, able to bat anywhere across the batting order as well as bowl in all forms of the game.
When both Shane Warne and Shaun Udal left Hampshire in 2007, Dawson gained his chance but it was as a batsmen he most impressed and he scored a maiden first-class century at Trent Bridge in September 2008 - the youngest player to score a hundred for the county - and grew into an opening batsman, taking his chance when Michael Carberry was absent from the 2011 season, scoring two centuries. He escaped an unwanted record with the ball by the skin of his teeth, however when he was carted for five sixes in succession (and off the first five balls of an over; the final one cost only a single) by a young Ben Stokes in a Championship game against Durham.
He took 7 for 51 on debut for Mountaineers in Zimbabwe before the 2012 season and that summer hit the headlines by dismissing Kevin Pietersen for two golden ducks in a 40-over and T20 match. He found himself a role opening the bowling in T20, taking nine wickets at 24.22 as Hampshire won the T20 competition and a year later, 13 at 21.30 as they reached finals day for the fourth consecutive year.
Dawson put up over 1000 first-class runs for the first time in 2013. But a year later he regressed, disappointing in 10 matches of Hampshire's promotion-winning season and playing little part in T20 cricket. Something was needed to spark up his career and his loan spell at Essex did just that.
NBC Denis Compton Award 2007
NBC Denis Compton Award 2008