Birth date 11 Feb 1937 (82 years)
Nationality Australia Australia
Position All Rounder
Nickname The Phantom
Team history
Victorian Bushrangers 1956 - 1972

Born in the town of Thornbury in Australia, William Morris Lawry william morris lawry was known to his fans as Bill Lawry or simply, The Phantom. He is a former Australian professional cricketer who played test matches and one-day internationals for his country. He was a left-handed batsman and a left armed medium paced bowler. Lawry played for his team as an opening batsman.

Lawry developed an interest in cricket at an early age since his father also played amateur cricket. He played district level cricket when he was just twelve years of age. Aged 19 years, he made his debut for Victoria in 1955-56 season, but was dropped off soon for poor performance. He again joined Victoria in 1958-59 with improved form and impressed his selectors.

The Australian selectors picked up Lawry for his debut Ashes tour in 1961. Lawry had a very successful tour to England and ended up scoring a century from his first match. He got the attention of all by battling continuously for four and a half hours straight with his hundred coming in three hours. His power-packed performance during the entire series earned him an admiration from Wisden in 1962.

Lawry has played 67 test matches and a single one-day international for his country. His batting average for test matches is 47.15 with his topmost score at 210 runs. He has also played 249 first class matches and 7 List A matches with batting averages of 50.90 for first-class matches. His best score for first-class matches is 266.

Starting from 1967-68, Lawry was named captain for his team and led his team into 25 test matches. He won 9 of those 25 while losing 8 and drawing the rest 8. His led Australia in his only one-day international match played in 1971 which happens to be Australia’s maiden one-day international match.

In 1971, Lawry was dropped from the ongoing Ashes series, thus becoming the first Australian skipper to have been dropped mid-way through a series. Though playing in his finest form, the team management was unhappy with his defensive tactics as a captain. Having decided to drop Lawry from the team, none of the board members had the courage to inform him about their decision and Lawry came to know about it only after a formal announcement on the radio. This incident is regarded in Cricket as one of the most disgraceful ever.

Later, Lawry served as a commentator on Channel 9 television and also on radio.

Career Highlights

Lawry was named the Wisden Player of the Year for 1962.

To honor Lawry, the Westgarth Street Oval, located at Northcote was renamed to Bill Lawry Oval.

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