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Bill Lawry
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Bill Lawry

Australia
Bill Lawry

INTL CAREER: 1961 - 1971

Full Name

William Morris Lawry

Born

February 11, 1937, Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria

Age

84y 133d

Batting Style

Left hand bat

Bowling Style

Left arm medium

Other

Commentator

TEAMS

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.
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Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
FormatMatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100s50s4s6sCtSt
Test6712312523421047.15132715300
ODI110272727.004955.10000010
FC249417491873426650.90501001220
List A661218108*43.601030
Bowling
FormatMatInnsBallsRunsWktsBBIBBMAveEconSR4w5w10w
Test6721460----000
ODI1------------
FC24926618851/337.6053.2000
List A6000-----000
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Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
Span
1955/56 - 1971/72
List A Matches
Span
1964 - 1971/72

Photos


Bill Lawry looks on during the Boxing Day Test
Bill Lawry speaks at Tony Greig's memorial service
Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry watch a presentation by the McGrath Foundation during tea in Sydney
Channel Nine's commentary panel at a photo shoot
Tony Greig, Mark Taylor, Richie Benaud, Ian Chappell and Bill Lawry, Channel 9 commentators, attend the launch of the Ashes
Bill Lawry is inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame