An exciting all-rounder who plays for the Manly Warringah club in Sydney, the popular Steve O’Keefe, nicknamed SOK, made his First Class debut for NSW in 2005-06 as a 19 year old rookie and has continued to impress ever since.
In 2010, he was selected on Australia’s Tour to England v Pakistan. The left arm orthodox spinner starred in his T-20 international debut, taking 3-29. He has now played 7 x T-20 Internationals for Australia.
Steve is not only one of the country’s best spin bowlers having collected 139 scalps at an impressive 25 runs each, but has also scored over 1,000 runs at an average of 27 with the bat in First Class cricket. He is also a brilliant fieldsman.
In March 2011, he won the prestigious Steve Waugh Medal, voted by his peers as the Best Player for NSW in that season.
In October 2011, Steve was announced as captain of the NSW Blues for the 2011-12 season and stood down in 2013, wanting to focus on continuing to improve his own game.
Steve was also an integral part of the Sydney Sixer’s side that won the 2011/12 Big Bash title and Champions League title.
He was leading wicket taker out of all spin bowlers in the 2012/13 Sheffield Shield, collecting 24 wickets at an impressive average of just 22.
Steve finished the 2013/14 season as the countries leading wicket-taker in the Sheffield Shield with 41 wickets at the impressive average of 20. His consistent performances throughtout the season earned him a call-up into the Australia A side for the Winter months where he performed well and then received a call-up to Australia's Test squad for the Pakistan series in the UAE. Steve made his Australian Test debut on 22 October 2014 after receiving Baggy Green number 439. He was Australia's leading wicket-taker for the match with 4 wickets out of 11.
Steve was part of the Sydney Sixers team which made it to the final of the KFC T20 BBL in 2015 and 2017.
After a successful off season on Australia A Tours and performances with NSW in the Matador Cup and Sheffield Shield, Steve was recalled to the Australian Test lineup for the 2016 Sydney Test in which he was the leading wicket-taker with 3/63. He also performed strongly on the Sri Lanka tour in July 2016 where he took 13 wickets in two matches before he injured his hamstring which cut his tour short.
With another strong performance in the Sydney Test 2017, Steve earne a place in Australia's Test tourin India commencing February 2017.