Australian left-arm spinner Steve O’Keefe has called time on his red-ball career after being surprisingly left out of the list of contracts issued by New South Wales for the next season of the Sheffield Shield. The veteran spinner’s shock omission comes following a productive season with the ball after he picked up 16 wickets in five games at an average of 22.
"I was disappointed when I was told that I wasn't getting a contract but I respect and accept the decision, so I have decided to retire from first-class cricket," O’Keefe said in a statement. He also mentioned that it was a privilege to play for his county on the highest level.
The 35-year-old’s decision to bow out of first-class cricket effectively ends his international career as he was considered to be more of a red-ball specialist by the selection think-tank. O’Keefe represented Australia in nine Test matches, most famously scalping 12 wickets against India in Pune in 2017.