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Keith Rigg      

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

Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 12 0 401 127 33.41 1 1 0 5 0
First-class 87 143 11 5544 167* 42.00 14 30 58 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 87 18 30 0 - - - 10.00 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
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
Test statistics
First-class span 1926-1939
Profile

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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