O'Keefe eyes NSW landmark
Left-arm spinner Steven O'Keefe says he hopes that his 200th first-class wicket for New South Wales comes in a winning cause.
Nine-cap Test bowler O'Keefe heads into the second half of the Sheffield Shield season with 195 of the 272 wickets in his 14-year career coming for the Blues.
Speaking ahead of Western Australia's visit to Bankstown Oval, the 34-year-old said: "If you asked me 10 or 15 years ago when I first started out, whether I would be able to get to that many I probably would have laughed at you.
"Between my first and second Shield games there was something like five years.
"I was fortunate to play since that time that I got my second opportunity.
"It's a personal milestone, hopefully I don't stop at 200, and hopefully getting to 200 will be a match-winning performance."
The left-arm spinner, whose career-best match haul of 12 for 70 came in a Test match against India in Pune two years ago, has only taken seven wickets in three Shield appearances in 2018-19.
He will also have to get used to bowling with the Dukes ball made to cope with Australian conditions.
The Dukes are now used for the latter five rounds of first-class cricket in Australian domestic cricket to prepare the national team for the Ashes.
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