Full name Keith Edward Rigg
Born May 21, 1906, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria
Died February 28, 1995, Malvern, Melbourne, Victoria (aged 88 years 283 days)
Major teams Australia, Victoria
Batting style Right-hand bat
|Test debut||Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Feb 27-Mar 4, 1931 scorecard|
|Last Test||Australia v England at Melbourne, Feb 26-Mar 3, 1937 scorecard|
|First-class span||1926/27 - 1938/39|
Keith Rigg was a strong, stylish batsman who flourished in the 1930s, though in an era of great batsmen he was often overshadowed. After making his Victorian debut in 1926-27, it took him a while to get established in the Shield side. In 1930-31 he was picked for the Test squad when he was supposed to be sitting his economics finals at Melbourne University; after getting special dispensation from his professor he was rather embarrassed to be made twelfth man, a position he maintained for three more Tests until he finally got his chance at Sydney. West Indies caught his side on a sticky wicket and achieved their first win over Australia: Rigg scored 14 and 16. On the same ground a year later he hit his only Test century, 127 against South Africa, made partly in tandem with Bradman. But Rigg was ignored for the Bodyline series of 1932-33, which was surprising since he was a fine hooker and cutter, and his eight Tests were all at home - he never toured, although in 1930, when Australia brought only 15 men to England, he was told by a selector he would have been the 16th. For 30 years, he worked for a large farm machinery company in Melbourne and became their public relations director. He was a Victorian selector for many years and remained a regular at the MCG into old age; he was a particular admirer of Steve Waugh's batting.
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