IND vs AUS 2017: Australian Team Wears Black Armbands In the Memory Of Bob Holland
In the second ODI between India and Australia, the Australian team is wearing black armbands in the memory of former Australian leg-spinner Bob Holland who died on 17th September following a prolonged fight with Brain Cancer. Holland played his 95 first-class matches for New South Wales and Wellington picking up 316 wickets in a career spanning for 25 years.
Holland who was nicknamed “Dutchy” made his international debut at 38 against West Indies at the Gabba in 1984. However, he was dropped from the squad after first two Tests due to poor performance. He then went back and played for New South Wales, helping NSW register a win in the tour match. He was then recalled in the fifth Test where he finished with match-winning figures of 10/144. This performance helped the Australian team register a massive victory by an innings over a dominant Windies team.
The match between India and Australia is underway, and Australian team was seen wearing black armbands. In the memory of the former leg-spinner, Sunil Gavaskar also remembered the Australian player while commentating in the first innings, he said:
“Condolences to the Holland family. A brilliant bowler, I remember playing against him and getting bowled around the legs.”
Australia is currently trailing 1-0 in the series, and another loss would mean that they would have to win all the remaining matches on the show. India won the toss and chose to bat first in the second ODI being played at the Eden Gardens. The Indian team is playing with an unchanged playing eleven from the first ODI. However, Australia have made two changes to their eleven with Adam Zampa and James Faulkner dropped, Ashton Agar and Kane Richardson made a comeback to the Aussie side.
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