Archie Jackson      

Full name Archibald Jackson

Born September 5, 1909, Rutherglen, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Died February 16, 1933, Clayfields, Brisbane, Queensland (aged 23 years 164 days)

Major teams Australia, New South Wales

Also known as Archibald Alexander Jackson

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Education Rozelle School

Archibald Jackson
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 8 11 1 474 164 47.40 1 2 0 7 0
First-class 70 107 11 4383 182 45.65 11 23 26 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
First-class 70 86 49 0 - - - 3.41 - 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v England at Adelaide, Feb 1-8, 1929 scorecard
Last Test Australia v West Indies at Melbourne, Feb 13-14, 1931 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1926/27 - 1930/31

There are those who argue to this day that had he lived, Archie Jackson would have rivaled Don Bradman as the greatest batsman of all time. Jackson's death from tuberculosis at the tragically young age of 23 meant that he gave only glimpses of what might have been. Jackson was a graceful batsman, his innings punctuated by delicate leg-glances, wristy flicks through the covers and exquisite footwork. He made his debut for New South Wales at the age of 17, and within a year was touring New Zealand with Australia, although he had to wait until the fourth Ashes Test of 1928-29 to make his Test debut. In it he hit 164 and a remarkable career beckoned. He struggled for form on the 1930 tour of England, his courageous 73 at The Oval when he added 243 for the fourth wicket with Bradman a rare highlight. But his successes were made against the backdrop of his failing health, and his appearances grew rarer. He died on February 16, 1933, the day that England regained the Ashes in the Bodyline series.
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Feb 21, 1933

A large crowd at Archie Jackson's funeral in Sydney, February 21, 1933

A large crowd at Archie Jackson's funeral in Sydney

© David Frith

Aug 1, 1930

Archie Jackson batting against England in 1930

Archie Jackson batting against England in 1930

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May 9, 1930

The Australian 1930 Ashes tourists. Back row (left to right): Stan McCabe, Alec Hurwood, Tim Wall, Percy Hornibrook, Alan Kippax, Ted a'Beckett, Clarrie Grimmett, Bert Oldfield; Front row: Don Bradman, Bill Ponsford, Vic Richardson, Bill Woodfull, Charlie Walker, Archie Jackson, Alan Fairfax, May 9, 1930

The Australian 1930 Ashes tourists

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He appeared on some contemporary scorecards as "A.A. Jackson". He adopted the middle initial because his team-mates had at least two initials and he felt out of place. He asked his father if he could use his name - Alexander - and he agreed. On all official forms thereafter he used that as a middle name.