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Liam Dawson

All-Rounder
Squad No:
8
DOB:
01.03.90
Debut:
August 2007 v Northamptonshire
Best:
169 v Somerset (May, 2011)
Playing Style:
Right Hand Bat, Left Arm Bowler
Born:
Swindon, England

“Daws” is a right-hand batsman and slow left-arm orthodox bowler.

Born in Swindon, Liam played for Hampshire’s junior sides and joined the senior squad in 2007. He made his limited overs debut v Northamptonshire at Northampton in August 2007, aged 17 years 6 months and his first-class debut v Yorkshire at Leeds in September 2007.

His England journey began with England Under-19s, taking 6-9 v Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in 2007 - the best figures at the point of recording by an England Under-19 bowler.

Aged just 18, Dawson scored his maiden first-class century for Hampshire (100*) against Notts at Trent Bridge in September 2008 - the youngest player to score a first-class century for the club.

In 2010 he brought up his 1,000th first-class run for Hampshire and followed that up with centuries against Somerset and Warwickshire in front of home crowds at the start and end of the 2011 Championship season respectively.

Having established his credentials as a batsman, Dawson went to Zimbabwe before the 2012 season to work on his bowling while playing for the Mountaineers. Taking seven wickets for just 51 runs on debut, Liam gained greater opportunities for the County the following summer.

Dawson capitalised to full effect, taking his first five-wicket haul for Hampshire in supposedly non-spin-friendly conditions against Leicestershire at The Ageas Bowl in April. He then made national headlines when his left arm spin dismissed England and former Hampshire player Kevin Pietersen for not one but two first-ball ducks in respective Twenty20 and 40-over matches against Surrey at the Kia Oval and The Ageas Bowl.

Having scored an unbeaten Championship 134 against Kent in the same season, Dawson is now one of Hampshire's most versatile assets, able to bat anywhere in the top-to-middle order as well as bowl in all forms of the game.

In 2013, Dawson reached 1,000 County Championship runs in one season for the first time in his career whilst, in July 2014, he signed a two-year contract extension keeping him at the Ageas Bowl until the end of the 2017 season.

Dawson was arguably one of Hampshire’s most impressive players during the second half of the 2015 season. The all-rounder shone with both bat and ball in Hampshire’s much-improved Royal London One-Day Cup campaign, taking 15 wickets at an average of just 22 and notching 324 runs at an average of 64.

After a hugely successful off-season with the England Performance Programme (EPP) and England Lions, Liam received a full England call-up for the first time as he was named in England’s 15-man squad for the 2016 ICC World T20 in India alongside team-mates James Vince and Reece Topley. 

A memorable year for Dawson, 2016 saw the influential Hampshire all-rounder make T20I and ODI debuts for England, claiming 3-27 against Sri Lanka at the Ageas Bowl and two wickets against Pakistan at Emirates Old Trafford. 

Liam was named in the PCA's Greene King Team of the Year, with his superb performances earning him Hampshire's award for 2016 Players' Player. The all-rounder was rewarded with his Test debut in England's tour of India in December 2016 and he didn't disappoint, hitting 66*, the highest score by a debutant batting at number 8. 

Dawson recently passed 6,000 first-class runs, but returned to England duties in the 2017 IT20 series against South Africa, before making his home Test debut for England in the summer series against the same opponents.

More: 

  • Dawson punches the air in delight after taking a wicket against Essex in 2017

    Dawson punches the air in delight after taking a wicket against Essex in 2017
  • Dawson nudges the ball into the off-side in Hampshire's County Championship win over Somerset in 2017

    Dawson nudges the ball into the off-side in Hampshire's County Championship win over Somerset in 2017
  • Dawson celebrates after taking a wicket in their One-Day clash with Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl

    Dawson celebrates after taking a wicket in their One-Day clash with Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl
  • Dawson getting ready to face a delivery in their One-Day Cup tie with Middlesex in 2017

    Dawson getting ready to face a delivery in their One-Day Cup tie with Middlesex in 2017
  • Dawson passionately celebrates after taking a wicket at the T20 Blast Finals Day in 2017

    Dawson passionately celebrates after taking a wicket at the T20 Blast Finals Day in 2017
  • Dawson jogs away after taking another wicket in the 2017 T20 Blast against Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl

    Dawson jogs away after taking another wicket in the 2017 T20 Blast against Glamorgan at the Ageas Bowl

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