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Fit Holland adds to spinning stocks

16 November 2017

Jon Holland expects to be fully fit when the Melbourne Renegades BBL campaign gets underway next month.

The spinner missed the JLT One-Day Cup in October after undergoing knee surgery but he’s nearing a return and could be in contention for Victoria’s two remaining Sheffield Shield games before the focus shifts to the T20 format.

Holland was sidelined during last season’s BBL stint with the Adelaide Strikers but either side of that he was a dominant force in the Victorian line-up.

He captured 50 wickets in 11 matches including seven wickets in the first innings of the Bushrangers win in the Shield final.

The 30-year-old will continue to call Victoria home during the summer after completing a move to the Renegades.

“Being in Adelaide over the last few years was a good experience – the Adelaide Oval is a great place to play cricket but to come back to Melbourne and be home over Christmas and with a few good mates in the team, is really good,” he said.

“The Big Bash is exciting and has really taken off … the kids love it and the crowds come out to watch us which we don’t really get in domestic cricket so it’s really exciting.”

The Renegades have finalised their 18-man squad for the tournament and will have three established spinners to choose from when the competition gets underway.

Holland joins West Indies import Sunil Narine (13 wickets) and veteran Brad Hogg (eight wickets) who led the Renegades wicket takers last season.

“I think at Etihad spin has been quite successful - the wicket tends to be slower and lower and take a little bit of spin,” Holland said.

“Whether they play all three of us who knows … but just to be around those two guys and learn as much as I can will be good.

“I think overall the squad looks really strong … there is some strong international players and some really good batting with Aaron Finch, Cam White and Marcus Harris so it should be a pretty good team.”


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