OUT: Stephen O’Keefe celebrates his first wicket for Australia in Dubai in October, 2014. Picture: Ryan Pierse, Getty ImagesFormer Hawkesbury cricketer Stephen O’Keefe has been named in a 13-man Australian squad for the third test against New Zealand.
The test, which will begin no November 27 in Adelaide, will be the first ever day-night test match.
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O’Keefe has been included in the squad because of uncertainty over the condition of the Adelaide pitch, and the fact he has been in fine form in the day-night Sheffield Shield matches.
The day-night test match will feature a pink, rather than a red ball, which has been the cause of some controversy.
Fellow former Hawkesbury player John Hastings said last month the pink ball made cricket boring.
Chairman of Australian selectors Rod Marsh said O’Keefe had been named in the squad to cover all bases.
“We have opted to include an extra spinner in the squad for Adelaide as we are unsure what conditions we will see there,”he said.
“Stephen was included in our squad that was to go to Bangladesh and if he should get an opportunity we think he will make the most of it.”
O’Keefe played his only test match last year against Pakistan, where he took four wickets.
He has taken seven wickets in three games during the Sheffield Shield season, although one of those games was called off before he had a chance to bowl a ball.
O’Keefe has been on the verge of Australian selection for some time, but Nathan Lyon has an ironclad grip on the spinner’s spot in the test team.
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