Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe retires after being repeatedly neglected
Declaring retirement for not being offered a fresh contract in the world of cricket is not new. Likewise, the end of another cricket player’s career was seen. Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe boasts goodbye to first-class cricket.
The spinner played for New South Wales at the Marsh Sheffield Shield, an Australian domestic first-class tournament. But the team did not call him in the squad for the season. As a result, O ‘Keefe had been very upset. That’s why he announced his retirement from first-class cricket.
O ‘Keefe was the highest wicket-taker for the team in the lastseason. He took 22 wickets in five matches. But he wasn’t the one to call next season. The 35-year-old Aussie cricketer could not accept the matter.
Regarding retirement, O’Keefe said,
“When I realized I could not renew the contract, I was very upset. But I respectfully accepted the team’s decision and I decided to retire from first class cricket.”
It is worth mentioning that he has 35 wickets in 9 Tests for Australia national cricket team. He took 301 wickets in 88 matches in the first-class cricket. O’Keefe made his mark in the international stage with a career-best 12/70 during Australia’s memorable victory against India at Pune in February 2017. It remains the greatest bowling performance by an Australian bowler in India.