Full name Stephen Norman John O'Keefe
Born December 9, 1984, Malaysia
Current age 30 years 234 days
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, New South Wales, Sydney Sixers
Playing role Allrounder
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Height 1.75 m
Education Hobartville Primary; Richmond High
|Only Test||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 22-26, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||Australia v Pakistan at Birmingham, Jul 6, 2010 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Oct 16, 2011 scorecard|
|First-class debut||New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Nov 18-20, 2005 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India A v Australia A at Chennai, Jul 22-25, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||South Australia v New South Wales at Adelaide, Dec 18, 2005 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Australia v New South Wales at Sydney, Oct 22, 2013 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Jan 12, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers at Canberra, Jan 28, 2015 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|6/82, 10*, 2/81||Australia A||v India A||Chennai||22 Jul 2015||FC|
|9, 1/128||NSW||v West Aust||Perth||13 Mar 2015||FC|
|3/37, 87, 1/33||NSW||v Tasmania||Sydney||5 Mar 2015||FC|
|21, 2/48, 5, 1/17||NSW||v West Aust||Newcastle||25 Feb 2015||FC|
|17*, 4/46, 29, 4/40||NSW||v Victoria||Wagga Wagga||15 Feb 2015||FC|
|1/21, 99, 2/24||NSW||v Tasmania||Hobart||7 Feb 2015||FC|
|0/13||Syd Sixers||v Scorchers||Canberra||28 Jan 2015||T20|
|2/17||Syd Sixers||v Strikers||Adelaide||24 Jan 2015||T20|
|0/27, 9*||Syd Sixers||v Syd Thunder||Sydney||22 Jan 2015||T20|
|1/21, 5||Syd Sixers||v Strikers||Sydney||14 Jan 2015||T20|
Steve O'Keefe was 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. However, 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. He had last represented Australia in late 2011 when he played the most recent of his seven Twenty20 internationals, a call-up having originally come against Pakistan in England in 2010.
Born in Malaysia, where his father was working for the air force, he returned home as a toddler and grew into an Australia Under-19 representative in 2003-04. An allrounder from the Hawkesbury club, O'Keefe made both his Pura and ING Cup debuts in 2005-06. He finished 2009-10 in the Blues' Shield side, taking 15 wickets in five matches, and in 2010 he found himself in Australia's Test squad in England to play Pakistan, replacing the injured Nathan Hauritz. However, his international opportunities were limited to T20s as Steven Smith was preferred in the Tests. O'Keefe was well-respected enough by New South Wales to be named the state's captain when Simon Katich stood down early in 2011-12. He stood down from the captaincy towards the end of 2012-13 to focus on his own game.
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