Shane Warne in stitches after Kerry O'Keeffe's lockdown story

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
Kerry O'Keeffe's comic stylings on commentary for Fox Sports had Shane Warne in stitches. Picture: Fox Sports
Kerry O'Keeffe's comic stylings on commentary for Fox Sports had Shane Warne in stitches. Picture: Fox Sports

Kerry O’Keeffe has shown why he was a valuable addition to Fox Sports commentary offering for the broadcast of the Test series between Australia and India.

The former Australian spinner became widely known for his off-kilter sense of humour during his career calling games for the ABC, and he showed he’s lost none of that charm when he had Shane Warne in stitches after Australia’s shock win over India.

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Set up by fellow commentator Mark Howard, O’Keeffe’s tale about ‘the lady he met in lockdown’ had the King of Spin clutching his sides.

“When we had to start spending more time at home, I noticed this woman sitting in my lounge room,” O’Keeffe began.

“And with COVID...I started to talk to her.”

A clearly bemused Warne questioned Howard as to where this story was going, before O’Keffe finished it off.

“And she told me she was my wife!” O’Keeffe exclaimed. “And we’re getting on really well!

“There’s a plus to COVID … I met my missus!”

Warne roared in response to O’Keffe’s gag, which topped off an enjoyable day for the Australian commentary team after the home side’s shock victory.

No let up coming, Josh Hazlewood warns India

Australian quick Josh Hazlewood is warning his teammates of complacency against an Indian camp in sudden disarray.

Hazlewood says Australia should justifiably celebrate the eight-wicket hammering of India in the first Test in Adelaide.

India, after being bowled out for their lowest Test score - 36 - in the second innings, face the daunting task of trying to salvage the four-Test series without inspirational skipper Virat Kohli.

Kohli will soon return home to be at the birth of his first child.

The tourists also face fitness concerns over paceman Mohammed Shami, who had scans on a possible broken arm after being hit by a Pat Cummins delivery.

Josh Hazlewood has vowed not to let up against India after Australia's shock win in the first Test. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
Josh Hazlewood has vowed not to let up against India after Australia's shock win in the first Test. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Adding to their woes, opening batsmen Prithvi Shaw (0, 4) and Mayank Agarwal (17, 9) are under the pump after failures in Adelaide.

But Hazlewood says Australia would be foolish to write off the Indians.

"Getting bowled out for 36 is going to leave a few headaches," Hazlewood said.

"It's obviously great to be one-up ... (but) it's a fresh start the next Test."

The squads travel to Melbourne for the second bout starting on Boxing Day with Australian opener David Warner hoping to return from a groin injury.

Warner will face fitness tests in his bid to re-unite with Joe Burns, who saved his Test skin with an unbeaten half-century in Australia's second innings.

With AAP

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