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Sixers set sights on O'Keefe shutting down Brown in final

Steve O'Keefe is the spinner to stop Brisbane Heat blaster Josh Brown from stealing the show at the Big Bash League final, the Sydney Sixers believe

'Very good cricket swing': Sixers back experience to stop Brown

The Sydney Sixers are on Josh Brown alert and have identified retiring veteran Steve O'Keefe as the man who can stop Brisbane's master blaster in tonight's KFC BBL final.

Brown rocketed into Twenty20 stardom on Monday night, booking Brisbane's spot in the final with 140 from 57 balls in a spectacular innings that included 12 sixes.

Brown slams BBL's second fastest ton

The 30-year-old's 41-ball century marked the second-fastest in BBL history, while his 140 was the third-highest score in the 13 editions of the competition.

Brown's innings will likely gain attention from overseas suitors who can turn the man without a state contract into an instant millionaire.

But the Sixers do not view the right-hander as an overnight success, even if the man who makes his own bats only began taking cricket seriously in his mid-20s.

"He got 70 off 30 against us at the Gabba last year, and then in a one-day game between Queensland and NSW he got a very quickfire 40 as well," Sixers captain Moises Henriques said.

"We've seen what he can do. I wasn't surprised by the quality of ball-striking. He's got a very good cricket swing and there's no doubt with his power. 

"But we've got a very different bowling attack to the Strikers, and I'm hoping our experience and nous can still keep him as retained as we did at the Gold Coast."

Henriques was particularly referencing finger-spinners Todd Murphy and O'Keefe.

The pair are the most economical bowlers in the BBL this year, and have thrived on a slow SCG wicket.

Experience is also important, as the Sixers hunt a fourth title from seven finals appearances.

O'Keefe has claimed Brown's wicket once already this season, bowling the opener in Coffs Harbour earlier this month.

"It seems over the last few games that (Brown) has kind of struggled facing him," Henriques said. 

"Steve to anyone is so difficult to hit, and he's shown that to so many different batters over the years. 

"He's got a great record over Glenn Maxwell as well over the last five or 10 years, and he's probably one of the best players of spin in the world. 

"His ability to control batters ... he's a very hard spinner to hit."

Brown was this week quick to point out he has had good outings against 39-year-old O'Keefe in the past.

"SOK in his old age, he's still crafty," Brown said 

"He'll be up and about for it, but I've got the wood over him a couple of times too."

The Heat have not won the BBL since its second edition in 2012-13, and lost last year's decider to Perth at Optus Stadium.

KFC BBL|13 Finals Schedule

The Qualifier: Sydney Sixers beat Brisbane Heat by 39 runs

The Knockout: Adelaide Strikers beat Perth Scorchers by 50 runs

The Challenger: Brisbane Heat beat Adelaide Strikers by 54 runs

The Final: Sydney Sixers v Brisbane Heat, January 24, 7.15pm AEDT, SCG