Posted: 20 November, 2016
by Cricket Newsroom
Test Contender Suffers Calf Strain
He had been tipped to play.
Injury has come at the worst possible time for New South Wales spinner Steve O'Keefe, who has picked up a calf strain.
O'Keefe will only bat if required on the final day of his Sheffield Shield match against Victoria after straining his calf in the field.
The 31-year-old had been tipped to overtake Nathan Lyon as Australia's preferred spinner for the third Test next week.
O'Keefe took match figures of 3/113 against the Victorians, who sit in a dominant position in their Shield match.
Lyon in comparison went wicketless, taking 0/173 for the match.
O'Keefe has played three Tests for Australia, taking 10 wickets at an average of 35.60, after last losing his spot due to a hamstring injury in Sri Lanka.
The squad is expected to be announced on Sunday afternoon.