Bill Lawry

Country: Australia
Born: February 11, 1937, Thornbury, Melbourne, Victoria
Batting Style: Left hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Medium
Playing role: Opening Batter

Bill Lawry Bio

William Morris Lawry, known as Bill Lawry, was born on February 11, 1937, in Thornbury, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia. He is a former professional cricket player who became one of the most renowned personalities in Australian cricket history. Lawry was a left-handed opening batsman who displayed exceptional skill and determination throughout his career, earning him a reputation as one of the most stoic and disciplined players of his generation.

From a young age, Lawry’s talent for cricket was evident. He showed great enthusiasm and dedication to the sport, which eventually led to his selection in the Australian national team. In 1961, during his first Ashes tour, Lawry’s elegant strokes caught the eye of cricket enthusiasts around the world. However, as his career progressed, Lawry adopted a more cautious and defensive approach to his batting, which some critics likened to his skeletal appearance.

Lawry’s unwavering discipline and self-denial as a batsman paid off, as he consistently proved difficult to dismiss. His courage in the face of fierce bowling attacks became legendary, particularly during the Ridge Test at Lord’s in June 1961, where he withstood a fearsome bombardment from English fast bowlers Fred Trueman and Brian Statham. In February 1969, on an underprepared Sydney surface, he again demonstrated resilience when facing West Indian pacemen Wes Hall and Charlie Griffith.

Throughout his career, Lawry displayed exceptional mental strength and determination, resulting in several noteworthy achievements. He carried his bat through completed Test innings on two occasions, a testament to his unwavering focus and ability to anchor the Australian batting lineup. Lawry’s reputation as a courageous and disciplined player fueled his selection as Australia’s captain for the series against India in 1967-68.

Despite his contributions and successes, Lawry’s time as captain was marred by mistreatment from selectors. In a controversial move, he was unexpectedly removed from both his leadership role and the team in January 1971. This deeply unfair treatment shocked cricket fans and experts alike.

Following his retirement from professional cricket, Lawry seamlessly transitioned into the world of cricket commentary. Known for his infectious enthusiasm and lively commentary style, Lawry quickly became a beloved figure in Australian cricket broadcasting. His passion and dedication to the sport continued to inspire and entertain cricket fans for decades.

Throughout his career, Lawry’s statistics speak for themselves. He played 67 Test matches for Australia and scored 5,234 runs at an average of 47.15. He recorded 13 centuries and 27 half-centuries, making him one of Australia’s most accomplished batsmen.

Off the field, Lawry is widely respected for his sportsmanship, integrity, and professionalism. His contributions to Australian cricket were recognized in 1989 when he was inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame. In 2000, Lawry was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia, a prestigious honor that acknowledges his significant contributions to the sport.

Despite his stoic and disciplined demeanor on the field, Lawry is remembered as a passionate cricket enthusiast with a deep love for the game. His impact on Australian cricket remains profound, and his legacy as one of the country’s greatest players and commentators is firmly established.

Bill Lawry Career Stats

Bill Lawry Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 67 123 12 5234 210 47.15 - - 13 27 - 15 30 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 1 0 27 27 27 49 55.1 0 0 0 0 1 0
FC 249 417 49 18734 266 50.9 - - 50 100 - - 122 0
List A 6 6 1 218 108* 43.6 - - 1 0 - - 3 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Bill Lawry Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 67 2 14 6 0 - - - 2.57 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 1 - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 249 - 266 188 5 1/3 - 37.6 4.24 53.2 - 0 0
List A 6 - 0 0 0 - - - - - 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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