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A left arm orthodox spinner who plays for the Manly Warringah club in Sydney Premier cricket, 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. 

SOK is not only one of the country’s best spin bowlers having collected 285 First Class scalps at an impressive average of 24.7 runs each, but has also scored almost 2,300 First Class runs at an average of 26.44 with the bat.

In 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, He was also an integral part of the Sydney Sixer’s side that won the 2011/12 Big Bash title and  Champions League title.

He 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 throughout 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.

After a successful off season on Australia A Tours and performances with NSW in the Matador Cup and Sheffield Shield, he 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, he earned a place in Australia's Test tour to India.  In February 2017, his 11 years of hard toil finally paid off, when he took an astonishing 12-70 to win man of the match in Australia's upset Test victory over India and in doing so, recorded the best figures ever by a touring spinner on the sub continent. 

SOK has now played 9 Tests for Australia. 

In the 2018-19 BBL, he had an outstanding campaign capturing 19 wickets for the Sydney Sixers.  

With 285 First Class wickets under his belt, SOK looks certain to hit the 300 magic mark in season 2019/20.