Sydney - Australia spinner Steve O'Keefe has said that he is eager to
win back the trust he lost with his poor behaviour earlier this year.
O'Keefe was hit with a AUS$20k fine after making highly
inappropriate comments at the New South Wales end of season awards while
It was his second alcohol related infraction within 12
months having been fined $10k for an incident outside of a Sydney nightspot.
O'Keefe, as well as many pundits, thought his career was
over after his behavior but Cricket Australia called him up to the squad
playing in Bangladesh after an injury to seamer Josh Hazlewood.
The left-arm spinner said of the chance he has been given:
"Yeah, I did originally (think my career was done).
"I thought, I felt at the stage when I stuffed up the first
time, you’re very lucky you get second chances and I got that.
"And I have faulted again and made some mistakes which
I completely regret (and) I’m extremely sorry for.
"There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think
about the couple of stuff ups I’ve made.
"I regret it and I’m sorry for what happened. I really
"I’m thankful that Cricket NSW and Cricket Australia
have provided me with supportive structure for me to resolve some issues.
"I think at times, the reason I haven’t spoken about it
is because I think my words can be cheap after stuffing up twice.
"The only thing that will show that will be not three
months later, but five years later when I’m settled and happy and long after
the cricket lights have gone out and I’m respected personally in the community.
"Only time will fix that."
O'Keefe has been suspended for the entire domestic One Day
competition for his conduct but could make his Test return in the second Test
against Bangladesh in Chittagong which gets underway on Monday.