Today's Birthday, December 7: Australian cricketer Geoff Lawson (1957 - ).
Australian bowler Geoff Lawson got his wish for in-form WA batsman Cameron Bancroft to get the nod to partner David Warner at the top of the order for the first Ashes Test.
After Bancroft bludgeoned 228 not out in his final domestic lead-up clash, Lawson implored selectors to give him the nod instead of struggling golden boy Matthew Renshaw.
"Given Cameron Bancroft's outstanding form ... I reckon I'd have Bancroft at the top of the order," Lawson, who claimed 180 wickets in 46 Tests for Australia, told Sky Sports Radio in November.
Days later, selectors heeded Lawson's advice, calling up the 25-year-old to make his Test debut.
Born in the regional NSW town of Wagga Wagga in 1957, Lawson grew up infatuated with sport and his weekends regularly consisted of cricket, all three codes of football, golf, tennis, squash and ten-pin bowling.
The Wagga Wagga Public School pupil first picked up a bat at age seven and cricket slowly began to take precedence over all other sport following his first-grade debut as a 15-year-old.
After graduating from high school, Lawson moved to Sydney to study an UNSW optometry degree and joined the university's cricket club in 1976.
In 1977, the young gun made his state debut for NSW and first came on the national radar after bowling a series of vicious bouncers at Geoffrey Boycott, striking the English batsman, in a 1978-79 season tour match.
He first donned the Baggy Green for Australia in 1980 and produced then-career best figures of 7/81 in his third Test at Lords in 1981.
Despite his stellar Test and ODI records, 'Henry' represented Australia on and off throughout the 1980s due to a combination of illness, injury and falling out of favour with captain Allan Border.
The NSW captain retired in 1992 but stayed close to the game, coaching stints his home state between 1995 and 1997 and Pakistan between 2007 and 2008.
Presently, Lawson is an assistant coach for NSW and the Sydney Sixers, and has dabbled in the media with work for the ABC, Fairfax Media and Sky Sports.