Player Profile

Stephen Norman John OKeefe
Australia
Born December 09, 1984 ( 35 Yrs )
Birth Place Malaysia
Height 1.75 m
Known As
Player Role Bowling Allrounder
Player Bat Style Right Handed Bat
Player Bowl Style Left-arm orthodox

Career Information - Teams

Australia, New South Wales, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, Sydney Sixers, Sydney Thunder, Australia A


ICC Rankings

TEST ODI T20
Batting
Bowling
All Rounder

Profile

Steven O'Keefe was the beneficiary of injuries to first choice spinners when he was picked for Australia-A. He impressed immediately scoring a fifty and picking seven wickets against Sri Lanka A.

This led to him being drafted into the Test squad for the series against Pakistan in England in 2010. He came in as a cover for the injured Nathan Hauritz but did not play any Test. He made his T20I debut in the same season, against Pakistan and caught a few eyes immediately picking three wickets in the game. His other claim to fame was when he took 4/88 against a full strength England squad just before the 2010 Ashes in a practice game. No other Aussies spinner managed to match these figures in the rest of the summer. He was also picked up by Kochi Tuskers Kerala for the fourth edition of the IPL for a price of 20,000$. However, he didn't play any game and never got an IPL contract since then.

O'Keefe stayed in the fringes of national selection and a belated Test call-up came up in 2014 as he debuted against Pakistan in Dubai, October 2014. With Nathan Lyon well settled as the ace spinner, O'Keefe has had to wait for his chances - which are few and far between in this pace heavy Australian squad.

Given an opportunity as the second spinner during the tour of India, O'Keefe stunned the hosts batsmen into submission - his match-winning figures of 12 for 70 helped Australia go 1-0 ahead in the 4-match Test series against India in Pune. It turned out to be a an one-off effort and O'Keefe struggled for the same kind of impact for the rest of the series.

He was eventually dropped from the squad for the tour of Bangladesh - a move that he said could have been the end of his career. Fortunately for him, an injury to Josh Hazlewood opened up a spot and O'Keefe was asked to join the squad for the final Test.


Career

TEST debut vs Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Oct 22, 2014
Last TEST vs Bangladesh at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Sep 04, 2017
T20 debut vs Pakistan at Edgbaston, Jul 06, 2010
Last T20 vs South Africa at The Wanderers Stadium, Oct 16, 2011

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 200 50 4s 6s
ODI 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T20 7 5 0 32 22 6.4 26 123.08 0 0 0 4 1
Test 9 13 4 86 25 9.56 433 19.86 0 0 0 11 0
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI BBM Econ Avg SR 5W 10W
ODI 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0
T20 7 7 114 149 6 29/3 29/3 7.84 24.83 19 0 0
Test 9 16 2228 1029 35 35/6 70/12 2.77 29.4 63.66 2 1
IPL 0 0 0 0 0 -/- -/- 0 0 0 0 0