Steve O'Keefe      

Full name Stephen Norman John O'Keefe

Born December 9, 1984, Malaysia

Current age 36 years 50 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 88 123 31 2356 99 25.60 5206 45.25 0 12 231 26 32 0
List A 53 37 9 612 70* 21.85 747 81.92 0 1 38 18 22 0
T20s 98 51 15 534 50 14.83 475 112.42 0 1 55 9 31 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 88 155 17646 7423 301 8/77 12/70 24.66 2.52 58.6 15 13 4
List A 53 51 2162 1753 30 3/65 3/65 58.43 4.86 72.0 0 0 0
T20s 98 92 1823 2081 82 3/15 3/15 25.37 6.84 22.2 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 Victoria at Sydney, Feb 14-17, 2020 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 Stars v Sydney Sixers at Melbourne, Jan 26, 2021 scorecard
Recent matches
Bat & Bowl Team Opposition Ground Match Date Scorecard
0/21 Sixers v Stars Melbourne 26 Jan 2021 T20
0/42 Sixers v Thunder Adelaide 22 Jan 2021 T20
1/36 Sixers v Scorchers Canberra 16 Jan 2021 T20
3/15 Sixers v Thunder Canberra 13 Jan 2021 T20
0/23, 0 Sixers v Heat Carrara 10 Jan 2021 T20
2/33, 16 Sixers v Scorchers Perth 6 Jan 2021 T20
2*, 0/14 Sixers v Heat Brisbane 2 Jan 2021 T20
0/33 Sixers v Renegades Carrara 29 Dec 2020 T20
2/13, 0* Sixers v Stars Carrara 26 Dec 2020 T20
2/8 Sixers v Strikers Hobart 20 Dec 2020 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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Jan 13, 2021

Steve O'Keefe made huge inroads, Sydney Thunder vs Sydney Sixers, BBL, Canberra, January 13, 2021

Steve O'Keefe made huge inroads

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Feb 8, 2020

Steve O'Keefe is congratulated after picking a wicket, Sydney Sixers v Melbourne Stars, BBL 2019-20 final, Sydney, February 8, 2020

Steve O'Keefe congratulated after picking a wicket

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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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