Ken Archer      

Full name Kenneth Alan Archer

Born January 17, 1928, Yeerongpilly, Queensland

Current age 91 years 99 days

Major teams Australia, Queensland

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Relation Brother - RG Archer

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 5 9 0 234 48 26.00 0 0 17 0 0 0
First-class 82 139 13 3774 134 29.95 3 25 56 1
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 5 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 82 1500 698 13 2/16 53.69 2.79 115.3 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 22-27, 1950 scorecard
Last Test Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Nov 30-Dec 5, 1951 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946/47 - 1956/57

Ken Archer opened the batting for Queensland for over a decade after the war, as well as being an exceptional fielder - he was offered, and declined, a contract to play professional baseball in the USA. In 1949-50 he toured South Africa with Australia, scoring 826 runs in 24 innings without making the Test side. His debut came at Melbourne in 1950-51 when he scored 26 and 46 in Australia's 28-run defeat of England, and he kept his place for the next two Tests before being dropped. He returned the following season for the first two Tests against West Indies, and again performed soundly rather than spectacularly. Archer played one full season in England, scoring 1,116 runs at 93.00 for Accrington in the Lancashire League in 1954. After retiring he became a leading media executive. His younger brother, Ron, also played for Australia.
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Nov 30, 1951

Ken Archer (left) and Graeme Hole walk out onto the field, Australia v West Indies, second Test, day one, Sydney, November 30, 1951

Ken Archer and Graeme Hole walk out onto the field

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Dec 4, 1950

An Australia team photo. Back row, from left: Jack Iverson, team manager WH Jeanes, Bill Johnston. Middle row, from left: Neil Harvey, Ray Lindwall, Sam Loxton, Ken Archer, Jack Moroney. Front row, from left: Don Tallon, Arthur Morris, Lindsay Hassett, Ian Johnson, Keith Miller. Australia v England, first Test, day four, Brisbane, December 4, 1950

An Australia team photo

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Oct 23, 1950

Ken Archer bats, Queensland v New South Wales, day three, Brisbane, October 23, 1950

Ken Archer bats

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