Kerry O’Keeffe is a former player of the Australian Cricket Team. Playing a total of 21 test games and 2 One Day International games between 1971 and 1977.
He was a spin bowler, but he never quite lived up to early expectations of being the next great Australian leg spin bowler. He took 53 wickets at an average of 38.07 seconds. Making his test debut against England in the Fifth Test of the 1970-71 Ashes series. He was dropped after taking 6/69 and hit 55 not out in the New South Wales match against the tourists. Then was recalled for the vital Seventh Test on the spinning SCG pitch he took 3/48 and 3/96. But, unfortunately it was not enough to win the game. However, he did have some success with the bat, and was called upon to open the batting in the second innings of the Centenary Test.
During his time as a commentator for ABC Radio, he used one statistic to demonstrate his lack of penetration with the ball. This was that he was the bowler with the highest percentage of wickets caught out (84%). Often talking of an incident during the 1972 Australian tour of England. When he appealed against a batsman for ‘leg before wicket’. The umpire turned him down, saying that the ball was “doing too much”. Kerry said that the umpire’s comment was a sarcastic jibe at his inability to spin the ball. Which is something, still to this day he mocks himself about.
Kerry O’Keeffe now appears at all kinds of events at various sporting clubs, pubs etc as a guest speaker/sporting icon. As you can see from the video below, he is never short of something to say and he loves a good joke! Kerry pulls in a crowd everywhere he appears!