Ken Archer

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Ken Archer
Personal information
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
International information
National side
Career statistics
Competition Tests First-class
Matches 5 82
Runs scored 234 3774
Batting average 26.00 29.95
100s/50s 0/0 3/25
Top score 48 134
Balls bowled 0
Wickets - 13
Bowling average - 53.69
5 wickets in innings - 0
10 wickets in match - 0
Best bowling - 2/16
Catches/stumpings 0/0 56/1
Source: Cricinfo

Kenneth "Ken" Alan Archer AM (born 17 January 1928 in Yeerongpilly, Queensland) is an Australian cricketer. He was educated at the Anglican Church Grammar School.[1] An opening batsman, he played domestic first-class cricket for Queensland for 10 years, from 1946-7 to 1956-7. He played in five Tests for the Australian cricket team in 1950 and 1951. His younger brother Ron Archer played 19 Tests for Australia between 1953 to 1956.

Archer toured to South Africa in 1949-50, but was not selected for the Test team ( became the first cricketer to be 12th man in all 5 tests of a series). He made his Test debut in the second test (after a 6th consecutive 12th man pick) of the 1950–51 Ashes series series against England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Despite moderate scores in that match, and the third test at the Sydney Cricket Ground and the fourth test at the Adelaide Oval, he was then dropped from the team. He returned for the first two tests against West Indies in 1951-2, but failed to make an impression and did not play Test cricket again.

Archer was an outstanding fielder, and was offered a contract to play professional baseball in the U.S. He played in the Lancashire League in 1954, for Accrington.

He became a media executive after his retirement from cricket.

On 26 January 1980, Archer was named a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of services to the media.[2] On 14 July 2000, Archer was awarded the Australian Sports Medal for his cricketing achievements.[3]


  1. ^ Mason, James (2011). Churchie: The Centenary Register. Brisbane, Australia: The Anglican Church Grammar School. ISBN 978-0-646-55807-3. 
  2. ^ "Ken Archer AM". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Ken Archer". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 3 January 2012.