Forgotten spinner disappointed by selectors' snub

Australian cricketer Jon Holland delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last August.
Australian cricketer Jon Holland delivers a ball during a practice session ahead of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Galle last August. Eranga Jayawardena

SNUBBED Victorian spinner Jon Holland has taken a swipe at Cricket Australia selectors and hierarchy for "no communication” in regards to his omission from the Test squad.

Holland's name didn't appear in the 16-man squad announced by chief selector Trevor Hohns on Sunday for next month's four-Test tour of India.

The 29-year-old left-arm orthodox bowler made his Test debut last year when called up for two matches in Sri Lanka, where he took five wickets in four innings as Australia lost the series 3-0.

But he was overlooked for the trip to India in favour of incumbents Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe, rookie Mitchell Swepson and spinning all-rounders Ashton Agar, Travis Head and Glenn Maxwell.

Holland wasn't considered for the three-Test series against Pakistan over December and January as he was sidelined with an ankle injury.

But he insists he would have been fit in time for the Indian tour, having returned to training and aiming to play Victoria's next Sheffield Shield match starting on February 1.

He told he hasn't been contacted by an Australian selector since returning home from Sri Lanka.

"I haven't spoken to a selector since the last Test in Sri Lanka,” Holland said.

"I've had no communication with anyone. I've got no idea (if injury was a factor).

"No one has tried to get in contact with me and ask me how I'm going. I guess it's disappointing.

"I got over to Sri Lanka and had a couple of net sessions before the first Test and I felt like I learnt a lot over there. And I've come back here and my bowling has improved a lot.

"I've taken almost 50 wickets in my last eight Shield games.

"It'd be interesting to see what the reasons are that I didn't get selected. No one has been in contact with me so I've got no idea.”

Holland has been the form bowler of the Sheffield Shield this summer, but hasn't been able to play any Big Bash League games due to his ankle problem.

He's the leading Shield spin bowler this summer with 27 scalps at an incredible average of 18.48 midway through the competition.

In comparison, Agar has taken just 16 wickets at 27.81, O'Keefe has 11 wickets at 19.90 and Swepson has 10 wickets at 43 from his four matches.


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