Kenneth Alan Archer
January 17, 1928, Yeerongpilly, Queensland
Right hand Bat
Right arm Offbreak
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.
Batting & Fielding