Hampshire Cricket History

More ‘Daws’
September 5, 2016, 11:23 am
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Yesterday before the match – Simon Wilde in the Sunday Times:

Dawson 1

This morning, Richard Hobson in The Times:

Dawson 2

(Nice to see although even if he’d taken 6-20 in an ODI would that really have shown anything about “Test” credentials? Hobson won’t have written the headline of course)

Then there is Vic Marks in the Guardian:

“Dawson could make no more impression with the bat than with the ball. Any notion he could be part of the Test squad for the winter constitutes wishful thinking on the grandest scale. This game, though not strictly relevant, will have done the 26-year-old no favours, despite those two late wickets” (for which Marks, like the Sky guys yesterday, also praises Morgan for having the courage to bring him back).


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I’ve made the point before and I’m happy to reiterate that ‘Daws’ is one of my favourite Hampshire cricketers and has been for a while. He’s feisty and I love that, he’s a very good all-rounder in ‘white ball’ cricket and he’s a good first-class batsman with the potential to get better. He reminds me of Peter Sainsbury and could play for as long.
He used to be a terrific slip fielder although he seems to have moved away from that. I think there’s one impediment to him becoming a fully fledged international cricketer and that’s his bowling in first-class cricket, because he just doesn’t take enough wickets. I don’t know why, although our pitches don’t help him – and he missed the ‘spinner’ at Taunton.
He’s never taken 30 wickets in a Championship season and never averaged under 30. This year he has 12 at 48 and six of those in one match. By comparison, Rayner (42), Patel (58), Leech (44) and Batty (40) are all averaging under 30 this year (plus Poysden and Ansari with fewer wickets)

Comment by pompeypop

I wrote that about 20 minutes ago, then started reading the new edition of the Cricketer. There’s a very interesting piece about Hampshire’s players from Wiltshire. At the end, Liam says that his immediate ambition is to force his way into England’s white ball sides; then he concludes “but I am a long way off the Test team”.

Comment by pompeypop

Of course Liam has regularly been regarded as our second spinner behind first Briggs and then Crane so his chances have been limited. I guess this could suggest we haven’t shown enough faith in him but then again he regards himself as a batsman who bowls rather than a genuine all-rounder doesn’t he?

Comment by James

That’s an important point, and he has not always helped himself by taking that view. There were times when he seemed to want to turn himself into a batsman (opening?). In 2012 he took 26 wickets (his most) but in the following year as he passed 1,000 runs for the first time that dropped to 11. In 2014 he struggled with injury (17 wkts, 354 runs), then last year went to Essex and took just 12 wkts overall, but scoring 922 runs. This year with two games left he’s on 12 wickets again, plus 535 runs from 10 matches – but only once since 2010 has he played fewer than 12 games (10 in 2014).

Comment by pompeypop

The 13 man squad for tomorrow is the 11 from Yorkshire plus Dawson and Andrew. Dawson must play but who does he replace? I would think Carter although that only gives us 3 seamers plus Ervine and Vince. Probably depends on the wicket. Interesting that the website says “Hampshire will hope to extend a four-match unbeaten run” yet we all know a draw is no good to us. We need a win and at least 22 points.

Comment by Tigger

Batty and Ansari have taken 62 wickets this year at 28 each so the Oval is likely to be conducive to turn – plus Vince seemed very reluctant to use Carter (also the worst number 12 in the world). On the other hand Ervine? He’s taken one first-class wicket – in the season’s first match, five months ago. Alsop has more wickets! It seems they do need a win but they can’t afford to miss all those batting points either (as v Yorks).

Comment by pompeypop

It’s looking more likely that Wainwright will join the ‘I only played once’ brigade . . .

Comment by Bob Elliott

Nice comment from the England Manager http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/video_audio/1054725.html

Comment by Ron Griffiths

When a top county performer like Simon Kerrigan can fail so dramatically on the big stage, we have to remind ourselves that Test cricket is a good deal more than cricketing ability. You have to be tough but perhaps the better trait to have is supreme confidence. Look at Moeen Ali – good batter, decent bowler but no more, but he is a very confident lad. His bowling can get clobbered but he usually finds a way to take a wicket – sometimes crucial wicket. For players on the fringes or players just beginning their international career, it seems the selectors are looking for “character” and this could be to Dawson’s advantage. I read a while ago that Bayliss thinks “there is something about him” when referring to Dawson. Time will tell of course but if selected it wouldn’t surprise me if Liam Dawson did pretty well in Test cricket.

Comment by anorthernsoulweb

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