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Alexander Robin Keath (born 20 January 1992) is a cricketer and an Australian rules footballer who currently plays grade cricket in South Australia and is on the rookie list of the Adelaide Football Club in the Australian Football League. He formerly played professional cricket for Victoria in Australian domestic cricket.
Born in Shepparton in northern Victoria, Keath completed his schooling at Melbourne Grammar School. He was a talented junior in both football (as a key defender) and cricket (as a batting all-rounder), and drew the attention of professional recruiters from both sports. In 2009, after excelling at under-18s football for the Murray Bushrangers in the TAC Cup, he was recruited by the newly established Gold Coast Suns football club, which at that time was recruiting a batch of 17-year-olds to compete in the Victorian Football League in 2010, before it entered the Australian Football League in 2011. At the same time, he had excelled as a junior cricketer, and represented Australia in the 2010 Under-19 Cricket World Cup, and was offered a three-year Cricket Victoria contract.
In April 2010, Keath chose to proceed with cricket, accepting his Cricket Victoria contract. An all rounder who bowled medium pace, Keath made his first-class cricket debut against the touring England team in December 2010. Over the following five years, he failed to earn a regular spot in the Victorian team, playing a total of seven first-class matches and sixteen List A matches, averaging less than twenty with the bat in both formats, as well as five Twenty20 matches for the Melbourne Stars. He played premier cricket for Melbourne during that time, scoring 2101 runs at 35.01 and taking 79 wickets at 19.62.