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Australia v West Indies: Steve O'Keefe says Australia can win Sydney Test despite rain

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Spinner Steve O'Keefe is confident Australia can still force a result in the rain-marred Sydney Test despite getting through just 11.2 overs on a miserable second day. 

Play was abandoned at 4.30pm and some overs lost from the first two days will be made up over the rest of the Test.  

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Australia's chances of a series whitewash are fading, but the West Indies' reputation of falling in a heap, as shown throughout the summer, has given O'Keefe and his teammates reason to think they can still win the match.

"Without a doubt ... I think there's still a hell of a lot of cricket to go," O'Keefe said. "If you can get three days in it's close to 300 overs and hopefully the skipper sees it; that spin will play a big role. Then we might get more overs in towards the back end of the match if the wicket keeps spinning." 

On a day when the players came off three times for rain, O'Keefe said it was hard to maintain focus at times given the stop-start nature of the match. Asked who was the biggest pest during the rain delays, O'Keefe jokingly said he would "be on the podium" alongside Dave Warner. 

"It is annoying," O'Keefe said of the conditions. "It's hard for the guys to just continually switch off and then get back on. I think it's easier if you're batting. You can come out and start again and it's only the two guys out there." 


Reflecting on his maiden Test wicket on home soil, O'Keefe said it was nice for his family - who were looked after by Cricket NSW on Sunday and enjoyed "a free feed" - to be there for it, even if it was not his best delivery. 

"It's probably not the style of wicket I'd like to take; a half-volley, middled off his pads, straight into Joe Burns' hands. I enjoyed it," O'Keefe said. "You've always got that doubt when you play a Test match whether you're going to contribute, but it was a nice feeling and what a hell of a catch." 

West Indian No.8 Carlos Brathwaite, who crafted his highest Test score of 69 before being comprehensively bowled by James Pattinson, was annoyed at himself because he did not make the most of his early hard work. But he said the SCG crowd made him "feel at home" with their warm reception as he left the field. 

"I was actually very, very upset ... I was upset that once again I got a start and couldn't carry on," Brathwaite said. "Reaching halfway off, and hearing the applause - and I even saw some people standing - I just took a step back and said: 'You know what, just enjoy the feeling'. I raised my bat and looked around and it was a very, very good feeling."