Ken Mackay      

Full name Kenneth Donald Mackay

Born October 24, 1925, Windsor, Queensland

Died June 13, 1982, Point Lookout, Stradbroke Island, Queensland (aged 56 years 232 days)

Major teams Australia, Queensland

Nickname Slasher

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Kenneth Donald Mackay
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 6s Ct St
Tests 37 52 7 1507 89 33.48 0 13 2 16 0
First-class 201 294 46 10823 223 43.64 23 59 84 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 37 53 5792 1721 50 6/42 7/58 34.42 1.78 115.8 1 2 0
First-class 201 24755 8363 251 6/42 33.31 2.02 98.6 7 0
Career statistics
Test debut England v Australia at Lord's, Jun 21-26, 1956 scorecard
Last Test Australia v England at Adelaide, Jan 25-30, 1963 scorecard
Test statistics
First-class span 1946/47 - 1963/64

Wisden obituary
Kenneth Donald Mackay, MBE, who died on June 13, 1982, aged 56, was one of the best and most popular cricketers ever produced by Queensland. As a left-handed middle-order batsman, he possessed a highly distinctive style, this endearing him to crowds which otherwise might have found his rate of scoring unendurably slow. At the crease he stood impassively, cap at a rakish angle, knees slightly bent, chewing compulsively. He employed negligible backlift and was an uncanny judge of line, often leaving balls that seemed to make the bails quiver. When a stroke was required, his most prolific were a deflection wide of cover-point's right hand and a type of shovel shot past mid-wicket. He was more often a match-saver than a match-winner. Very occasionally he would play an innings of remarkable and unexpected aggression and unorthodoxy, one such being at Lord's against Middlesex in 1961 when he made a whirlwind 168. As a right-arm medium-paced bowler, he became in the early sixties a useful member of the Australian attack, possessing the ability to contain batsmen for long periods and often taking good wickets. He had a stealthy, almost apologetic approach to the wicket, but the innocuous appearance of his deliveries masked subtle variations of pace and swing.

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Ken ' Slasher' MacKay

Ken ' Slasher' MacKay

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Jul 31, 1956

Ken MacKay is caught by Alan Oakman, bowled Jim Laker, England v Australia, Manchester, July 31, 1956

Ken MacKay is caught by Alan Oakman, bowled Jim Laker

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Jan 24, 1956

Ken Mackay in action, January 24, 1956

Ken Mackay in action

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