Steve O'Keefe      

Full name Stephen Norman John O'Keefe

Born December 9, 1984, Malaysia

Current age 33 years 166 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 Insights on test 9 13 4 86 25 9.55 433 19.86 0 0 11 0 0 0
T20Is Insights on t20i 7 5 0 32 22 6.40 26 123.07 0 0 4 1 1 0
First-class 76 107 30 2128 99 27.63 4771 44.60 0 11 213 19 31 0
List A 48 34 9 583 70* 23.32 704 82.81 0 1 35 18 21 0
T20s Insights on t20 62 41 10 494 50 15.93 421 117.33 0 1 52 9 17 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests Insights on test 9 16 2228 1029 35 6/35 12/70 29.40 2.77 63.6 0 2 1
T20Is Insights on t20i 7 7 114 149 6 3/29 3/29 24.83 7.84 19.0 0 0 0
First-class 76 132 15148 6508 265 8/77 12/70 24.55 2.57 57.1 13 11 4
List A 48 47 1992 1621 29 3/65 3/65 55.89 4.88 68.6 0 0 0
T20s Insights on t20 62 58 1085 1239 40 3/20 3/20 30.97 6.85 27.1 0 0 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 22-26, 2014 scorecard
Last Test Bangladesh v Australia at Chittagong, 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 Wollongong, Mar 14-17, 2018 scorecard
List A debut South Australia v New South Wales at Adelaide, Dec 18, 2005 scorecard
Last List A New South Wales v South Australia at Sydney, Oct 25, 2015 scorecard
T20s debut New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Jan 12, 2009 scorecard
Last T20s Perth Scorchers v Sydney Sixers at Perth, Jan 1, 2018 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
2/30, 3, 1/88, 18 NSW v Queensland Wollongong 14 Mar 2018 FC
8/77, 8, 2/75, 23 NSW v Victoria Melbourne 3 Mar 2018 FC
0, 2/80 NSW v Tasmania Sydney 24 Feb 2018 FC
44, 2/37, 3* NSW U23s v S Aust U23s Adelaide 19 Feb 2018 Other
0/20 Syd Sixers v Scorchers Perth 1 Jan 2018 T20
28 Syd Sixers v Strikers Sydney 28 Dec 2017 T20
23, 0/23 Syd Sixers v Scorchers Sydney 23 Dec 2017 T20
19, 0/29 Syd Sixers v Syd Thunder Sydney 19 Dec 2017 T20
1/77, 52*, 8 NSW v Tasmania Hobart 3 Dec 2017 FC
3/128, 50*, 0/25, 22 NSW v Victoria Sydney 24 Nov 2017 FC
Profile

For the longest 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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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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Mar 19, 2017

Steve O'Keefe and Steven Smith have a chat, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 4th day, March 19, 2017

Steve O'Keefe and Steven Smith have a chat

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Mar 17, 2017

M Vijay makes his ground despite a direct hit, India v Australia, 3rd Test, Ranchi, 2nd day, March 17, 2017

M Vijay makes his ground despite a direct hit

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