From Hampshire outcast to England wildcard – it has been an ‘amazing’ year of highs and lows for Liam Dawson.
And having ridden the roller coaster all the way to the T20 World Cup in India, Dawson is keen to show he belongs on the international stage.
Preferred to Stuart Broad, among others, the uncapped all-rounder was the 15th and final member of the Three Lions’ squad who finished runners-up to West Indies last Sunday.
That marked quite the turnaround for the 26-year-old who spent part of last season on loan to Essex, dropping down a division to rediscover his form.
Now back at the Ageas Bowl and with Sunday’s top-flight visit of Warwickshire in his sights, Dawson is keen to build on an unforgettable time in his life.
He said: ‘Sport has so many ups and downs and there was a period last year where I was pretty low and struggling.
‘I was lacking in confidence and went to Essex – it did me the world of good.
‘Less than a year later, I had gone to a World Cup.
‘That is the amazing thing about sport, it can soon quickly turn around.
‘I am very thankful to be where I am and obviously I would like to have another taste of international cricket.
‘But that only starts with doing well for Hampshire.’
And having revived his career on loan last season, Dawson is keen to further his international credentials with a stellar season at the Ageas Bowl.
‘The T20 World Cup was an unbelievable experience,’ said Dawson.
‘To go to a World Cup in India where cricket is so big was an honour.
‘I would love to have played.
‘I didn’t, but it definitely gave me a taste of wanting to be at that level again.
‘But the road to international cricket starts here on Sunday against Warwickshire.
‘We have to put consistent performances in throughout the next six months at the Ageas Bowl.
‘And if I can do, then that is giving myself the best chance – it’s an exciting time for both myself and the club as well.’