Steve O'Keefe      

Full name Stephen Norman John O'Keefe

Born December 9, 1984, Malaysia

Current age 35 years 3 days

Major teams Australia, Australia A, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers

Nickname Sock

Playing role Allrounder

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox

Height 1.75 m

Education Hobartville Primary; Richmond High

Stephen Norman John O'Keefe
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 9 13 4 86 25 9.55 433 19.86 0 0 11 0 0 0
T20Is 7 5 0 32 22 6.40 26 123.07 0 0 4 1 1 0
First-class 87 121 31 2341 99 26.01 5151 45.44 0 12 229 26 32 0
List A 53 37 9 612 70* 21.85 747 81.92 0 1 38 18 22 0
T20s 77 45 12 511 50 15.48 449 113.80 0 1 53 9 24 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 9 16 2228 1029 35 6/35 12/70 29.40 2.77 63.6 0 2 1
T20Is 7 7 114 149 6 3/29 3/29 24.83 7.84 19.0 0 0 0
First-class 87 153 17478 7325 299 8/77 12/70 24.49 2.51 58.4 15 13 4
List A 53 51 2162 1753 30 3/65 3/65 58.43 4.86 72.0 0 0 0
T20s 77 73 1421 1607 61 3/19 3/19 26.34 6.78 23.2 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 22-26, 2014 scorecard
Last Test Bangladesh v Australia at Chattogram, Sep 4-7, 2017 scorecard
Test statistics
T20I debut Australia v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jul 6, 2010 scorecard
Last T20I South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 16, 2011 scorecard
T20I statistics
First-class debut New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Nov 18-20, 2005 scorecard
Last First-class New South Wales v Queensland at Sydney, Dec 7-10, 2019 scorecard
List A debut South Australia v New South Wales at Adelaide, Dec 18, 2005 scorecard
Last List A Victoria v New South Wales at Sydney, Oct 4, 2018 scorecard
T20s debut New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Jan 12, 2009 scorecard
Last T20s Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Sixers at Melbourne (Docklands), Feb 15, 2019 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
1/43, 0, 3/28 NSW v Queensland Sydney 7 Dec 2019 FC
25, 5/80 NSW v Victoria Melbourne 29 Nov 2019 FC
12*, 3/36, 0/12 NSW v West Aust Sydney 11 Nov 2019 FC
1/46, 3, 1/13 NSW v Tasmania Sydney 18 Oct 2019 FC
0/28, 1, 1/32, 1 NSW v Victoria Melbourne 28 Mar 2019 FC
2/17, 0, 1/34, 25 NSW v Victoria Sydney 12 Mar 2019 FC
0, 0/5, 15, 0/4 NSW v Queensland Brisbane 3 Mar 2019 FC
4/78, 57, 5/52 NSW v West Aust Sydney 23 Feb 2019 FC
2/22 Syd Sixers v Melb Reneg Melbourne (Docklands) 15 Feb 2019 T20
1/16, 11* Syd Sixers v Melb Stars Melbourne 10 Feb 2019 T20
Profile

For a long time, it seemed Steve O'Keefe was to be one of the most unfortunate men in Australian cricket in the post-Shane Warne era. As a parade of 13 spinners were tried in the Test team, often with less-than-compelling first-class records, O'Keefe was left to toil away for New South Wales with far superior figures. His opportunity finally came when he was named in Australia's Test squad to play Pakistan in the UAE in 2014, following a summer in which he topped the Sheffield Shield wicket tally with 41 victims at 20.43. A left-arm orthodox bowler and solid lower-order batsman, O'Keefe could no longer be ignored; he had also been the leading Shield spinner in a pace-dominated 2012-13, with 24 wickets at 22.20. But he played only one Test on that UAE tour, then a washed out Test at the SCG against West Indies, then a single Test in Sri Lanka in 2016 before injury ended his tour, then a single Test at the SCG against Pakistan. Four series, four Tests, and no momentum. Finally, everything came together for O'Keefe when he played alongside Nathan Lyon in the first Test against India in Pune in February 2017, and used his accuracy and natural variation to plunder 12 for 70, the best figures ever by a visiting spinner in a Test in India.

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Dec 1, 2019

Steve O'Keefe celebrates a wicket, Victoria v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield, Melbourne, December 1, 2019

Steve O'Keefe celebrates a wicket

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Oct 17, 2018

Steve O'Keefe gets checked after being struck on the helmet, South Australia v New South Wales, Sheffield Shield 2018-19, Adelaide, 2nd day, October 17, 2018

Steve O'Keefe gets checked after being struck on the helmet

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Sep 4, 2017

Comeback man Steve O'Keefe in action on the opening day of the Chittagong Test, Bangladesh v Australia, 2nd Test, Chittagong, 1st day, September 4, 2017

Comeback man Steve O'Keefe in action on the opening day of the Chittagong Test

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