Sydney Sixers veteran Steve O'Keefe is a born entertainer – on and off the field. The colourful spinner delivered one of the funniest interviews of the BBL season shortly after demolishing Brisbane Heat's top order in the rained-off clash at North Sydney Oval on Wednesday night.
Perched under an umbrella on the boundary rope, the 38-year-old was hit with a question from former teammate and Fox Cricket commentator Brett Lee. "You’ve still got the passion there, mate. What makes you want to come back every year and keep playing with the Sixers?" Lee asked.
Without missing a beat, O'Keefe replied: "The pay cheque, Bing. I don’t have much going for me outside of cricket and I need my meal allowance. The 15th of each month (pay day) is the best day of my life."
O'Keefe also took down Brendon Julian after the Fox Cricket host taunted the Sixers star about the lack of spin he imparts on the ball while calling him an "inspiration to anyone over 60 years old".
"Piss off, BJ," O'Keefe laughed before signing off on the interview. The former Test spinner continues to talk the talk and walk the walk in the BBL.
After being smashed for consecutive sixes from Heat power hitter Colin Munro in his opening over at tiny North Sydney Oval, O'Keefe struck back next ball to remove the dangerous opener.
Steve O'Keefe turning in vintage BBL campaign for Sydney Sixers
It continued O'Keefe's incredible strike rate in the first over of a spell. He went on to capture a further two wickets, finishing with 3-26.
O'Keefe, who missed a number of games due to a hamstring strain, has taken six wickets in four matches and looks set to play on for as long as his body holds up. "That competitive edge I've had since I was 10…I haven't lost it. The hunger and want to win and do well is still there," he said about retirement.
"The older you get the better you get – you've just got to manage yourself body-wise. And when you're older playing against younger guys, sometimes they tend to play the player and not the ball.
"When you get a group like this (at the Sixers) and you can put pressure on those top teams and win titles, I think that's what keeps me coming back."
The Sixers sit third on the BBL table heading into Friday's meeting with the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.
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