Full name Liam Andrew Dawson
Born March 1, 1990, Swindon, Wiltshire
Major teams England Lions, England Under-19s, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Mountaineers, Prime Bank Cricket Club
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Liam Dawson is a former England U-19 captain who recorded the best figures for the side with 6 for 9 against Malaysia in 2007. He has since steadily developed into a top order batsman who bowls some useful left-arm spin. He has grown into an integral part of Hampshire's side in all formats and is now arguably Hampshire's most versatile player, able to bat anywhere across the batting order as well as bowl in all forms of the game.
When both Shane Warne and Shaun Udal left Hampshire in 2007, Dawson gained his chance but it was as a batsmen he most impressed and he scored a maiden first-class century at Trent Bridge in September 2008 - the youngest player to score a hundred for the county - and grew into an opening batsman, taking his chance when Michael Carberry was absent from the 2011 season, scoring two centuries.
He took 7 for 51 on debut for Mountaineers in Zimbabwe before the 2012 season and that summer hit the headlines by dismissing Kevin Pietersen for two golden ducks in a 40-over and T20 match. He found himself a role opening the bowling in T20, taking nine wickets at 24.22 as Hampshire won the T20 competition and a year later, 13 at 21.30 as they reached finals day for the fourth consecutive year.
Dawson put up over 1000 first-class runs for the first time in 2013. But a year later he regressed, disappointing in 10 matches of Hampshire's promotion-winning season and playing little part in T20 cricket. Something was needed to spark up his career and it seemed to come with a month's loan at Essex from where he returned in mid-season in good form, having an excellent 50-over campaign, ousting fellow slow left-armer Danny Briggs from the Championship side, finding himself the county's senior spinner when Briggs moved to Sussex in search of regular cricket across all formats, and winning a call up the England Performance Programme.