The Queensland fast is the present main wicket-taker within the Sheffield Shield
Steketee is amongst a bunch of quick bowlers preventing for benefit within the pecking order behind Australia’s Test trio Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins.
Although Queensland went down within the Sheffield Shield to Western Australia by seven wickets on Saturday on the Gabba, Steketee once more carried out strongly with 4 for 74 and a couple of for 21.
“[He] has been around the Aussie thinking [and] the next fast bowling crop for a while now,” Khawaja instructed reporters. “This year, the way he’s been bowling is as good as I’ve seen him bowl. He’s got gears too, you can tell he’s experienced now. He can read the conditions.
“When he was youthful he simply used to attempt to bowl one hundred pc. He’s received the talents and the gears now to take it again a bit after which ramp it up, very like Dale Steyn used to and learnt all through his profession.”
Australia is expected to soon name an extended Ashes squad, with an intrasquad practice game early next month looming as a key shootout ahead of the first Test against England on December 8.
Richardson, who has two Tests to his name, starred against the Bulls with 3 for 38 and 5 for 23 and hit a valuable 35 with the bat. Neser picked up a hamstring injury in his side’s loss but is expected to be fit by the start of the Ashes. National selectors could opt for a rotation policy with the five-Test series being squeezed into six weeks.
Khawaja, himself in top touch with the bat and pushing for a return to the Test side, indicated Steketee should be at the top of the pack.
“He’s bowling superbly proper now. He’s been the choose of our bowlers all season,” he said. “The bounce and the kiss he is getting off the wicket, we really feel within the sport each ball.”