Stephen O'Keefe injured his hamstring on the tour of  Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)
Stephen O’Keefe injured his hamstring on the tour of Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)

After unfortunate last few months, Australia spin bowler Stephen O’ Keefe wants to refocus, on his way back to the Test side, and he believes fitness will help him do that. O’Keefe went through two mishaps in the last two months. First he injured his hamstring that ruled him out mid-way into the Test series in Sri Lanka. And then he was given a $ 10,000 fine by Cricket Australia for an incident that involved him, outside a Sydney Pub. O’ Keefe who made his debut for Australia almost two years ago, has had his own share of bad luck, that has kept him away from Test action ,with factors other than form. He was set to play in Australia’s tour of Bangladesh, last October, but the tour was cancelled due to security reasons. The next time he played, was in a rain-affected game against West Indies. READ: Australia spinner Stephen O’ Keefe charged with $10,000 after hotel incident

But O’Keefe felt that thoughts of his Test dream being snatched came to haunt him straightaway. “I think I mainly just felt sorry for myself,” O’Keefe told Fairfax. “I’d been home for a week and I felt like I had things under wraps and then you have a couple of drinks and those other thoughts that are sitting around in the back of your head start to come to fruition. You think, ‘Is that it? Is that your last opportunity to play cricket for Australia?”, he said.

O’Keefe added, “When you go home and you’re on your own, you sit down and reflect on it and the Test is on the TV, it’s a hard thing to take. “Obviously it’s fair to say I didn’t handle it appropriately at all.” While, O’Keefe’s strategy to come back to the scheme of things includes a self-imposed alcohol-ban as well.

Left-arm spinner, O’Keefe has 86 wickets to his name in three Sheffield Shield seasons. He also desires to play for Australia on their tour to India, early next year for four Tests. “India is there and will be in the back of your mind, but it’s just a day-by-day thing at the moment,” he said. “You’ve got to be performing well for the Blues and there is a lot of guys out there now, particularly young spinners around the country, doing really well,” he said.