Holland suffers passport panic
After earning a call-up to the Australia squad touring Sri Lanka, Jon Holland was hit with the realization that he would not be able to hop on the first plane to the Island because his passport had expired.
Holland had discovered a week earlier that his passport was out of date, and while it seems like an unusual blunder, it's worth remembering that Holland was not in the original Australia A squad and only earned a place in the second string due to an injury to Ashton Agar, so a trip to Sri Lanka seemed unlikely a month ago.
The 29-year-old told cricket.com.au: "It’s not something that I’m really checking every day,
"I went back to Melbourne (where he lives), I had to renew it – it had expired."
The left-armer has had an injury plagued career and admitted to feeling a little nervous ahead of his Test debut: "Obviously I will be a little bit nervous if I do get a chance to play,
"I have worked hard on my bowling the last couple of years.
"I am pretty comfortable with where my bowling’s at, hopefully if I do get a chance I can get myself into the game and get a couple of results."
"I had a little bit of a break immediately after the Shield Final and obviously Victoria started their pre- season (training) just after,
"We’ve been training indoors and I am pretty comfortable with where my bowling is at."
Holland has now joined up with the squad, after clearing up his travel issues, and is keen to get into action. This will not be his first trip to the country, which will be a plus for Australia:
"I’ve been over here (Sri Lanka) a couple of times, I’ve been to India a couple of times, so I have been exposed to these conditions,
"But it’s been a while since I have been here, so I will have to get a bit of a feel for it at training and things like that.
"I guess it was in the back of my mind that time (to win an international call-up) was getting away from me.
"But I really enjoy playing cricket for Victoria, they’ve stuck with me through three shoulder injuries and supported me and given me the chance to play cricket.
"I have to thank them.
"It’s here now, it’s all a bit surreal still and I will just have to wait and see if I do get the chance to play."
Holland will be looking to emulate Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath, who tore the tourists to shreds in the first Test: "He (Herath) just bowls on the spot and knows how to subtly change his spin and variations and pace, and that sort of thing,
"I think just about every time he bowls the ball it’s hitting the stumps, which is a big positive.
"I try to take a bit of that on board, and try to do the same as that."
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