Geoff Lawson - Australia - Test Profile 1980-1989

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Date: 01 July 1985

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      Right Arm Fast, Right Hand Bat
      Saturday, 07 December 1957
      Wagga Wagga, N.S.W., Australia
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Geoff LAWSON - Australia - Test Profile 1980-1989

The fast bowling optometrist from Wagga Wagga was identifed as a Test prospect by Australia very early on, not least because Geoff Lawson drew attention to himself by hitting England batsmen with bouncers. He had first played for New South Wales in 1977-78 and was taken to India on the Australian tour of 1979-80, although he did not play in a Test. He made his debut in New Zealand in 1980-81, bowling first change to Lillee and Pascoe. He began the 1981 tour of England promisingly, taking 7-81 at Lord's and 3-32 in the first innings at Headingley, only to suffer from the broad unstoppable bat of Ian Botham in the second when he ended up with 1-96 in 23 overs.

Against England in 1982-83 he took 5-108 in Perth, 6-47 and 5-87 in Brisbane and nine wickets in Adelaide. There was also 5-49 against Pakistan at Brisbane in 1983-84 and 8-112 against West Indies at Adelaide a year later. He took 22 wickets in Australia's unsuccessful Ashes campaign of 1985, but lost his place as Allan Border rebuilt the team in the late 1980s. He did taste the first fruits of Border's success, returning to lead the attack in England in 1989 when he took 29 wickets, including 6-72 at Old Trafford. His most important contribution was probably the 74 he made at Lord's in company with Steve Waugh on the only occasion that summer that the Australian batting faltered. Lawson played in the 1983 World Cup when he took 3-29 against the West Indies at Headingley. (Bob Harragan)