Australian recent test team spinner, Steve O’Keefe said – India’s tour always is a tough job for every foreign player. But he is very confident for the upcoming Test series against India where Australia will play four-Test series which begins on February 23 in Pune.
Steve directly said that he needs “some damage” for the Indian Team during the Test Series.
The 32-years-old Australian spinner said, “They are a class team, they are exceptional batters at home, and it’s going to be a big job. But I have got no doubt if we get it right for sustained longer periods then we can do some damage.”
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“I have spoken to the guys who have played there before. I had spoken to Daniel Vettori, I was able to chat briefly with Rangana Herath, and the main thing that I got from them is to challenge the batters defense. It is about building pressure by putting the balls in right areas,” he added.
Steve O’Keefe didn’t play any single International match in India, but he had an active memory when he visited in Indian and played against India A team. During that match, he took Virat Kohli’s wicket.
Steve said about the Indian Batting lineup, “In that line-up, there were plenty of players who have now cemented their places in the Indian team, such as (Cheteshwar) Pujara, K L Rahul, Karun Nair and Virat Kohli – they are four of the top six. The positive was we could play and compete against these guys. We were able to win a game and draw a game. Both Ashton (Agar) and I played over there, we had great chances, and we would draw from it.”
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“But I also understand that it would be quite hard. When they are playing for their country, they go up another level as well. So we were gonna have to match them if not try to get on top of them if we have to win.”
“The body feels good – so far so good. Have been able to get through some long days here in Dubai, getting that volume in will certainly put me in good stead,” he said.
“It wasn’t an easy decision when you step away and see the Sixers play in a final – it’s something you miss out on. But for me, it was about getting some volume under my belt.”
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“In that time I was able to get 100 overs in grade cricket and second XI cricket, and we also play with a Dukes ball, which is a little bit similar to the SG [ball used in India],” said Steve.
“I found it beneficial. Although it would have been nice to play with the Sixers, my main priority is to play well for Australia. I felt that was my best preparation.”