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The Rock-itt : July 2010
Winter has arrived; cricketers rest their bodies, administrators take a break and everyone focuses on another sport or just taking life easy. But not for Manly's recently selected National Representative Steve O'Keefe. Selected for the Australia A Test Series against Sri Lanka A in Brisbane at the delightful Allan Border field, SOK starred in an all round performance any debutant would have given his right (or left) arm for. Top scoring in Australia A's first innings with 61, Steve was quickly introduced into the attack on what appeared to be a spin friendly wicket. Unexpectedly, the Sri Lankan side, well educated in the art of playing spin bowling, struggled to master SOK's orthodox left arm tweakers grabbing a record breaking 7-35 in the Sri Lankans first innings and then 4-40 in the second innings to win the match. But there's more...O'Keefe also held the second innings together when the wheels started coming off again with a gritty 47 not out. Australia A went on to win this first game and heads to Townsville for Game 2 of the Unofficial Test Series. And the repercussions? Will SOK become Manly's newest Test player? Cricket Australia selectors, clearly proud of their inspired selection and Steve's outstanding performance are now confident that the 25 year old all rounder can make a solid bid for the potentially vacant spot in the Australian Number 1 side and perhaps get himself a Baggy Green.