O'Keefe upbeat despite selection uncertainty


Australia spinner Steve O'Keefe insists he would be unfazed by missing out on a spot in the XI for the third Test against West Indies.

O'Keefe is expected to partner Nathan Lyon at the SCG, with Australia set to play two spinners for the Test starting Sunday.

But the 31-year-old is also prepared for disappointment, saying his opportunity would come regardless if he continued performing.

"I think I'm in the top sort of bunch of guys they're looking at to play Test cricket," O'Keefe told a news conference on Friday.

"If I get my opportunity, great, but if not, if I have to go back and keep toiling away for New South Wales and miss my opportunity, then that's fine.

"I always believe that if you keep putting strong performances on the board at some stage you'll get your little window."

With Peter Siddle in doubt due to an ankle injury, O'Keefe is a good chance of featuring.

But a greener than expected wicket in Sydney could cost him a place.

"There's a bit of grass on it, a little bit green, but that's all out of my control," O'Keefe said.

"I can't control the way the wicket is and what's produced, I can only prepare as well as I can and that'll start today."