A new inspiration for up and coming young spinners26/02/2017
Steve O’Keefe showed that the tradition of producing world-class Australian spin bowlers is alive and well when he took a staggering 12 wickets for 70 runs in the first test against India, including an amazing 6 wickets for just 5 runs in a spell of 24 balls in India’s first innings.
His first innings spell included three wickets in the one over and triggered a 7 wickets for just 11 runs Indian batting collapse, their worst 7 wicket collapse ever.
He silenced the critics with a man of the match performance that was the best bowling performance by an Australian against India and the best spin bowling performance in India ever by a visiting spinner.
O’Keefe waited a long time for this moment, having watched a parade of other spin bowlers tried at test level to fill the void left by Shane Warne. Playing for New South Wales and often producing better bowling figures than the spinners picked for test duty, he continued to stake his claim, winning selection when his impressive Shield figures could no longer be ignored.
He must surely have cemented his place in the test side now and looks set to continue the tradition of great Australian spin bowlers.