Hol­land back with a big bang

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

VIC­TO­RIA spin­ner Jon Hol­land’s su­perb re­turn from in­jury could not have been more timely for a Bushrangers side still search­ing for its first win of the Sh­effield Shield sea­son.

Play­ing in his first game since the Shield fi­nal win over South Aus­tralia in March, the 30-year-old took seven wick­ets, in­clud­ing a five-for, in last week’s dra­matic draw with New South Wales.

Last-placed Vic­to­ria will host Western Aus­tralia at the MCG in round five of the sea­son start­ing to­day.

After miss­ing the one-day cup and the first three Shield rounds due to knee surgery, Hol­land looms a key fac­tor as the reign­ing cham­pi­ons look to kick­start their ti­tle de­fence.

“It was pretty frus­trat­ing to miss the first few games, so it was good to get back and take a few wick­ets,” Hol­land said.

This round will be the last be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion breaks at the half­way point for the Big Bash League.

“The ta­ble is pretty tight so if we can get a win here, then we’re not far off sec­ond place,” Hol­land said.

“We’ve played some good cricket but we’ve let the op­po­si­tion back into games as well. But there’s still plenty of cricket left in the sea­son and we’re con­fi­dent we can get back into the top two.”

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