Shield pitches hin­der Hol­land Test hopes

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and the spin­ners’ op­por­tu­ni­ties are neg­li­gi­ble,’’ Ship­perd said.

‘‘I’ve been say­ing for some time there needs to be a re­think around the coun­try as to how you present your Shield wicket.

‘‘The great chasm be­tween a Gabba one- day wicket and a Shield wicket is enor­mous when you think that some­where in be­tween there is a Test wicket — Shield wick­ets should be more like Test wick­ets.

‘‘Maybe the so­lu­tion could be, as they’ve talked about with (Shane) Wat­son, is to play 2nd XI ( state) cricket to get Jon some time out in the mid­dle,’’ Ship­perd said.

Hol­land, who has been re­stricted to just nine overs in the open­ing two Shield matches, said it was ‘‘nice to know’’ his ef­forts were be­ing no­ticed.

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