Sydney: Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe has retired from First Class cricket after being denied a brand new contract for his home aspect New South Wales.
“I used to be disillusioned after I was informed that I wasn’t getting a contract however I respect and settle for the choice, so I’ve determined to retire from first-class cricket,” O’Keefe is quoted as saying by ESPNCrinfo.
“I’ll perpetually be grateful to Lee [Germon, the Cricket NSW chief executive] and all of the employees, from the entrance workplace to the warehouse to the event officers in regional areas, who’ve all shared the identical ardour for the sport.
“They’ve performed an enormous position in making the final 15 years so memorable. And, after all, I’m indebted to the followers, who supported my left-arm inswingers in opposition to their higher judgement. On a private degree, I wish to thank my household, in addition to my supervisor and good friend, Andrew Fraser. They have been by my aspect by the whole lot and I could not have achieved this with out them.”
O’Keefe famously took 12 wickets within the Pune Take a look at in opposition to India in 2017, recording figures of 6/35 in each the Indian innings. Australia gained the match by a whopping 333 runs however is figures dried up as India fought again in the remainder of the collection and gained it.
In a first-class profession that has spanned 15 years, O’Keefe has performed a complete of 88 matches and brought 301 wickets at a median of 24.66.
“It has been such a privilege to play for my nation and captain my state, however above the whole lot else, I am most proud to have performed alongside a number of the finest blokes I’ve ever met. After I take into consideration my time enjoying cricket, that is what I am going to miss most.”