A promised gift

Revisiting a short-lived prodigy
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January–February 2021, no. 428
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Daniel Seaton reviews 'Archie Jackson: Cricket’s tragic genius' by David Frith

Archie Jackson: Cricket’s tragic genius

by David Frith

Slattery Media Group, $29.95 hb, 151 pp

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A promised gift

Revisiting a short-lived prodigy
by
January–February 2021, no. 428

David Frith’s slim biography of Archie Jackson reflects his subject’s tragically short life. When Jackson made his Test match début for Australia at Adelaide in the 1928–29 Ashes series, scoring an eye-catching 164, it was he, rather than the young Don Bradman, who instilled the most excitement in this country’s cricket-loving public. When Jackson was included in the 1930 tour of England, one ex-cricketer, Cecil Parkin, remarked that he was ‘a better bat than Bradman’, who had débuted in the same series as Jackson. This is but one example of the lavish praise that the gifted, though inconsistent, young cricketer received during his lifetime.

Daniel Seaton reviews 'Archie Jackson: Cricket’s tragic genius' by David Frith

Archie Jackson: Cricket’s tragic genius

by David Frith

Slattery Media Group, $29.95 hb, 151 pp

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