NSW all-rounder Stephen O’Keefe is still in shock over making his Test debut during Australia’s lamentable 2-0 series loss to Pakistan in the UAE.
The 29-year-old arrived back in Sydney just in time NSW’s upcoming Sheffield Shield clash against South Australia. He spoke to the media today about his experiences in Dubai and the honour of representing Australia.
“It was quite surreal getting that baggy green to start up in that First Test,” he said.
“Getting it off one of my idols Dean Jones was excellent.”
O’Keefe was dropped for the Second Test after two poor returns with the ball. The slow left-arm orthodox bowler could only muster 2/107 and 2/112 in the two innings – a performance that left the Malaysian-born tweaker disappointed.
“I was dropped out of the team for the Second Test. When you get that opportunity you’ve really got to make it stick and unfortunately I didn’t do enough,” he said.
It was not only O’Keefe who under performed, with the Australians crashing to record defeats against a relatively inexperienced Pakistan XI.
“Hopefully we learn from this so next time we go to the sub-continent we can go back with a bit more knowledge so we can perform better,” he added.
O’Keefe is confident of returning to the National side, saying his lone International outing has made him a better player. “I’m forever learning. Those types of tough sessions in the field and whilst batting only make you a better cricketer.” – Chris Matthews-Darby
Top photo by Natasha Jones.