Dawson was chosen for England's winter tours of India and New Zealand in 2001-02 tours after helping Yorkshire to the County Championship title.
He collected four wickets on his debut Test at Mohali and featured the following winter in Australia when he deputised for Ashley Giles and batted with considerable bravery against a barrage from Brett Lee.
He is a good fielder and was picked in England's 30-man pool of players for the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy but missed out on final selection, although he toured UAE and Sri Lanka with England A at the start of 2005.
Produced several impressive performances the following summer, including a half-century in the three-wicket County Championship win against Worcestershire, and took over the Yorkshire captaincy when Craig White was sidelined with a knee injury.
The season ended with promotion in the championship, Dawson playing his part with 430 runs and 27 wickets.
Offered a new one-year contract at the end of the 2005 season, but failed to hold down a place in the first XI in 2006 and released on the day that Yorkshire secured their Division One status.
Was subsequently signed by Northamptonshire on a one-year deal but was released at the end of 2007. He was picked up by Gloucestershire for 2009.