Matches (17)
IPL (2)
ENG v PAK (W) (1)
T20I Tri-Series (2)
County DIV1 (5)
County DIV2 (4)
CE Cup (3)

Full Name

Richard Kevin James Dawson


August 04, 1980, Doncaster, Yorkshire


43y 290d


Billy Dog

Batting Style

Right hand Bat

Bowling Style

Right arm Offbreak

Playing Role



6ft 4in


Batley Grammar School; Exeter University

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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Richard Dawson Career Stats


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Richard Dawson is to fly home from England's tour of Pakistan after a groin injury
Gloucestershire coach Richard Dawson runs through a drill
Richard Dawson gets his players ready before the game
Gloucestershire's Richard Dawson in action, Friends Provident T20, Gloucestershire v Glamorgan, Bristol, July 2, 2010
Richard Dawson roars an appeal ... in vain
Ismail Dawood and Richard Dawson celebrate