Dan Lawrence, Essex's energetic allrounder, is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to represent the British and Irish Lions in South Africa this summer.
Dan Lawrence, Essex’s energetic allrounder, is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to represent the British and Irish Lions in South Africa this summer. After missing out on selection over the past three years and spending much of the last season on the sidelines due to various injuries, Lawrence is determined to take his chance in Division 1.
Lawrence enjoyed a successful County campaign in last few months, helping the Cheesemen to the mid-table safety of the County Championship in 2021. The all-rounder enjoyed 350 runs across eight matches at an average of just under 23, as well as taking 14 wickets, including a best-of-three for 57 against Northamptonshire.
He also scored an incredible 104 runs off 45 deliveries for Essex, in a T20 Blast match back in May. Despite his performances, Lawrence was overlooked for the England test and limited-overs squad that toured Sri Lanka earlier in the year.
Despite his eagerness to get back amongst the international frame, Lawrence is focused on playing within the team’s needs, not his own.
“Being overlooked for Sri Lanka was obviously disappointing”, Lawrence said in a recent interview, “But it was always a case of playing within the team situation and whichever XI was best suited to the situation would be picked, which I can understand. I’m looking forward to whatever opportunities lie ahead”.
Many stylists have suggested that Lawrence possess the technical ability and game awareness to succeed in Tests cricket, and the powerful all-rounder will be keen to prove himself should he get the opportunity.
Lawrence is now looking forward to his potential appearances for the Lions this coming summer, to prove exactly what he is capable of and show the world why he is the man for Lions selection.
Dan Lawrence itching for Lions opportunity after summer on the Test sidelines
Essex batsmen Dan Lawrence has been on the Test cricket sidelines since England faced the West Indies in July 2020, but the 25-year old is hungry for another opportunity to perform at the international stage.
Lawrence made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2018 and has since impressed with his performances, but with all the opportunity coming in, he is yet to cement his place in the England team.
What Lawrence has achieved so far
Lawrence has achieved a lot in his short Test career, particularly during the 2019 season in which he scored two centuries against New Zealand and Ireland. He also averages more than 50 in County Championship matches.
His ambitions for the near future
Lawrence has been selected as one of the 20 members of the Lions squad who will tour Australia later this month. He hopes to make an impact and cement his place in England’s Test team for the future.
He is confident about his abilities and believes that he can become a key member of the England team. Lawrence said: “I’m very excited to be given the chance to tour with the Lions. I believe I have the skills and knowledge to become a key part of the England team, and I’m looking forward to grabbing the opportunity with both hands.”
His plans to make the most of this opportunity
Lawrence has been preparing hard for the Lions tour and he is looking to make the most of this opportunity. He has planned out his training and preparation routine and is confident about his chances of performing at his best in Australia.
In his own words, Lawrence said: “I’ve been doing extra fitness and skill work so that I’m as prepared as possible for the tour and ready to take my game to the next level. My aim is to prove myself on the international stage and to become a key member of the England side.”
Lawrence is an exciting prospect and hopefully will be able to make the most of his opportunity with the Lions. He is confident about his abilities, and he is determined to perform at his best and to prove himself on the international stage.