June 18, 2017 Steve O'Keefe News
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O'Keefe has been dropped from Australia's Test squad for their two-match series against Bangladesh.
O'Keefe was omitted despite match figures of 12/70 to bowl Australia to victory in Pune during their most recent tour of India. Sock's departure is most likely to due to an incident at a Cricket NSW function where the bowler made "highly inappropriate comments," that landed him a fine and suspension. The 32-year-old left-armer was pushed aside in favor of 23-year-old Ashton Agar, who has only two Tests to his name."Whilst Steve O'Keefe bowled well in Pune he did not maintain this level in the remaining matches of the series and we believe the timing is right for Ashton to enter the set-up and test his allrounder ability," said Australia selector Trevor Hohns
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Fantasy AnalysisThrough the first two matches of the series, O'Keefe had been arguably the top bowler, taking 15 scalps in four innings, including 12 in the first Test across 70.2 overs. However, he was pushed to the absolute limit in the first innings at Ranchi, bowling an exhausting 77 overs at an economy of just 2.58, peppering in 346 dot balls and 17 maidens into his days-long spell. The 32-year-old's prowess in the Australian attack of late has made his reappearance into the international squad a huge boon to a beleaguered group of bowlers.
Fantasy AnalysisO'Keefe ransacked the India lineup for the second time in the match. Sock removed all but one of India's top six batsman to dismiss the side in just 33.5 overs, 333 runs short of their target. The left-arm orthodox bowler finished the match with figures of 12 for 70, the cheapest 12-wicket haul since West Indies legend Courtney Walsh took 13 for 55 against New Zealand in 1995.
Fantasy AnalysisThe Australian spinner took full advantage of the favourable conditions for spinners and produced his best innings figures in tests of six for 35. This included a remarkable over where he picked up the three wickets of Lokesh Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha.