Sydney Sixers spinner Steve O’Keefe is yet to decide whether his third Big Bash League championship will spell the end of a professional cricket career that dates back to 2005.
Dan Christian’s “old guys win stuff” mantra proved true in the BBL final as Christian, 37, and O’Keefe, 36, both played key roles in the Sixers’ victory over the Perth Scorchers on Saturday night.
Christian, who signed a two-year deal when he joined the Sixers for 2020-21, will don the magenta later next season.
But O’Keefe and the club’s general manager Jodie Hawkins are yet to make a call on whether the veteran will take part in an 11th BBL season.
“This is No.1 (of the three titles) without a doubt … it’ll be hard to top that. And we’ve got some great young spinners, so we’ll see what happens,” O’Keefe said.
“I’ll have a chat with Jodes. I’ve said all along, Jodes and Shippy (coach Greg Shipperd) have been so transparent. Which I admire.
“It’s a hard decision to make. I’m not getting any younger. My body at times does fail on me.
“So we’ll let the dust settle then have a chat.
“If they still see some value in me then great, then it’ll be up to whether I want to go around again as well.”
The former Test spinner praised the calming influence of Christian and captain Moises Henriques, who like O’Keefe has been part of all three of the Sixers’ championships after helping win the maiden final in 2012.
“I had to do a double taken when we first said we’re going to sign him (Christian),” O’Keefe said.
“I was like ‘how have we been able to get him firstly and secondly afford him?’, because he is just unbelievable.
“He instills belief in this group … and just doesn’t know how to lose.”
Christian, who joined the Sixers at the insistence of good mate Henriques, has won numerous Twenty20 titles for clubs around the world.
But the proud Wiradjuri man, who debuted for his home state of NSW in 2006 before chasing more opportunities elsewhere, admitted there was something extra special about doing it at the SCG.
“To come back and play for my home city, it was huge,” Christian said.
“It’s something I really wanted for a long time.
“To go on and win is pretty special and means a hell of a lot.”