Richard Dawson (cricketer)

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Richard Dawson
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Personal information
Full name Richard Kevin James Dawson
Born (1980-08-04) 4 August 1980 (age 36)
Doncaster, Yorkshire, England
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Test debut 3 December 2001 v India
Last Test 2 January 2003 v Australia
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009–2011 Gloucestershire
2007–2008 Northamptonshire
2002 Marylebone Cricket Club
2001–2006 Yorkshire
1999–2000 Devon
Career statistics
Competition Test FC LA T20
Matches 7 103 122 41
Runs scored 114 2927 594 178
Batting average 11.40 21.52 10.06 10.47
100s/50s -/- -/12 -/- -/-
Top score 19* 87 41 27*
Balls bowled 1116 15,467 4568 809
Wickets 11 199 123 39
Bowling average 61.54 44.07 30.32 26.79
5 wickets in innings 0 5 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 4/134 6/82 4/13 3/24
Catches/stumpings 3/- 63/- 43/- 13/-
Source: Cricinfo, 11 July 2012

Richard Kevin James Dawson (born 4 August 1980,[1] Doncaster, Yorkshire, England) is an English first-class cricketer, who plays primarily as an off-spinner.

Playing Career[edit]

Born 4 August 1980,[1] Doncaster, Yorkshire, Dawson attended Batley Grammar School and Exeter University. He played for the England Under-19 side against New Zealand in 1998/99 and Australia in 1999, and made his first-class debut for British Universities against the touring Zimbabweans the following summer. He first appeared for Yorkshire in 2001.[1]

He made his Test match debut against India in 2001/02, and filled in for the injured Ashley Giles during the following winter's Ashes series. However, since then he has found himself out of the England set up. He bowled the ball in which Steve Waugh hit his famous last ball of the day century in the 2002/03.

In the 2006 season, Dawson captained the Yorkshire 2nd XI but at the end of that season he was released from his contract with Yorkshire.[1] He was signed by Northamptonshire to provide cover for their England spinner Monty Panesar.

Dawson was released by Northamptonshire at the end of the 2007 season, and began training as a journalist in September 2007.

Coaching Career[edit]

However, in the 2008 English cricket season, he once again returned to English county cricket, this time with Gloucestershire; although not always a feature in their first team, he is their spin coach.

In February 2014 Dawson was appointed as the Second XI coach of Yorkshire County Cricket Club to replace the departing Paul Farbrace with his appointment beginning on 1 April 2014.[2]

On 30 January 2015, Dawson was appointed the new head coach of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club following the departure of director of cricket John Bracewell.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Warner, David (2011). The Yorkshire County Cricket Club: 2011 Yearbook (113th ed.). Ilkley, Yorkshire: Great Northern Books. p. 367. ISBN 978-1-905080-85-4. 
  2. ^ "Yorkshire appoint Richard Dawson as Second team Coach". 4 February 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gloucestershire appoint Richard Dawson as head coach". BBC Sport. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.