Archie Jackson, The Keats of Cricket, by David Frith

Archie Jackson, The Keats of Cricket, by David Frith

 Archie Jackson, The Keats of Cricket, by David Frith (With a foreword by Harold Larwood)

Published by Pavilion in 1987, 111 pages. Hardback with Dust Jacket (N3551)

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This book is a fascinating biography of Archie Jackson, a truley remarkable cricketing talent whose career promised to rival all the greats of the game, but who died traically young.....

Archie Jackson (1909-1933) was an Australian cricketer who played eight Test matches as a specialist batsman between 1929 and 1931. A teenage prodigy, he played first grade cricket at only 15 years of age and was selected for New South Wales at 17. In 1929, aged 19, Jackson made his Test debut against England, scoring 164 runs in the first innings to become the youngest player to score a Test century.

Renowned for his elegant batting style, his Test and first-class career coincided with the early playing years of famous cricketer Don Bradman, with whom he was often compared. Before the two departed for England as part of the 1930 Australian team, some observers considered Jackson the better batsman, capable of opening the batting or coming in down the order.

But Jackson's career was dogged by poor health; illness and his unfamiliarity with local conditions hampered his tour of England, only playing two of the five Test matches. Later in the year, in the series against the West Indies, Jackson was successful in the first Test in Adelaide, scoring 70 not out before a poor run of form led to his omission from the fifth Test. Early in the 1931–32 season, Jackson started coughing blood and he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. He died very soon after, aged just 23. Many people maintain that had he lived, he would have rivalled Don Bradman as a batsman

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