O'Keefe not 'best man' for Test, says Hastings

Stephen O'Keefe should not be playing in second Test, says John Hastings.
Stephen O'Keefe should not be playing in second Test, says John Hastings. Tsering Topgyal

AUSTRALIAN player John Hastings says Steve O'Keefe doesn't deserve to be playing in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong, questioning why Victorian teammate Jon Holland has been snubbed by national selectors yet again.

Hastings and O'Keefe have known each other since they were teenagers playing for Hawkesbury in the Sydney grade competition and O'Keefe was best man at Hastings' wedding, but still the burly all-rounder doesn't have any sympathy for his good mate.

O'Keefe's international career was thought to be over when he was suspended by Cricket NSW for making offensive remarks about a female cricketer at a presentation night earlier this year, but the left-arm tweaker was flown over to Bangladesh to replace the injured Josh Hazlewood.

O'Keefe leapfrogged Mitch Swepson, who was already on tour, as the third spinner in the starting XI after Hazlewood was forced to return home.

Hastings said his Victorian teammate Jon Holland should have been selected. The left-armer took four wickets in 11 balls in Australia's intra-squad practice match in Darwin last month.

"Steve O'Keefe was best man at my wedding so I'm rapt for him, but by all rights he probably doesn't deserve to be there," Hasting said on RSN radio on Wednesday.

"He's suspended by NSW Cricket and he's over playing for Australia. It's an interesting one that one.

"He's coming in with no game time, it's a massive ask for someone to come in with little to no preparation in matches."

Holland took 50 wickets at an average of 20.78 in the Sheffield Shield last season. His only two Tests came in Sri Lanka last year.

"I don't think Jon Holland can do any more than what he has done over the last few years," Hastings said.

"Last year he was prolific for the Bushrangers. He went up to Darwin, got four or five (wickets) for one (run) in a spell.

"I honestly don't know what the selectors could be saying to him, if anything. It's just unbelievable."

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