[caption id="attachment_592793" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-592793" alt=" IANS" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/India-vs-Australia-1st-Test-Day-2-Steve-OKeefe-2.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Steve O'Keefe has picked 33 Test wickets for Australia in 8 matches IANS[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Sydney:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Australia" target="_blank">Australian </a>Test star <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steve-o-keefe/" target="_blank">Steve O'Keefe</a> has been fined Aus$20,000 (US$15,000) for making "highly inappropriate" comments while drunk during a cricket function and ordered to undergo counselling, authorities said Friday. The spinner, one of the best bowlers during Australia's recent four-Test series in India, was also banned from playing in the Australian one-day domestic competition this year. It is the second time the 32-year-old has been in alcohol-fuelled trouble, after being fined last year for offensive conduct at a Sydney hotel. <p></p> <p></p>"There is no time or place for unacceptable behaviour from any of our players in Australian cricket, and we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to this," said Cricket Australia team performance general manager Pat Howard. "We're extremely disappointed this situation occurred, particularly on the back of a previous incident, and it now overshadows Stephen's on field performance on the recent tour of India." <p></p> <p></p>O'Keefe said he accepted the fine and would undergo "specialist counselling" as demanded. "At an official Cricket NSW function I became intoxicated and made highly inappropriate comments. There is no excuse for this and I take full responsibility and offer an unconditional apology," he said. <p></p> <p></p>"I have a big challenge ahead and I am determined to meet it with actions, not just words." Left-armer O'Keefe has played eight Tests since making his debut in 2014, taking 33 wickets at an average of 27.30.