Jon Holland Deserved the Chance More than Steve O’Keefe: John Hastings
Aussie all-rounder John Hastings feels that Jon Holland would have been a better replacement for Josh Hazlewood for the 2nd Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Instead, Steve O’Keefe has been preferred ahead of Holland, and the left-arm spinner is part of the playing XI for the deciding Test.
Holland featured in Australia’s intra-squad game in Australia before the team left for Bangladesh. Holland had pressed his claim to be back in the squad after bagging four wickets in the space of 11 deliveries. Hastings who is a good friend of O’Keefe said that Holland deserved the call up for the Australian squad more than O’Keefe.
“I really feel for (Holland),” Hastings told RSN radio. “Steve O’Keefe was best man at my wedding so I’m rapt for him, but he by all rights he probably doesn’t deserve to be there. He’s suspended by NSW cricket and he’s over playing for Australia. It’s an interesting one that one.”
O’Keefe was part of the original squad as Ashton Agar was preferred ahead of him. Despite Holland’s impressive run in the Sheffield Shield matches where he bagged 20 wickets at a superb average of 20.78.
“I don’t think Jon Holland can do any more than what he has done over the last few years,” Hastings said. “Last year he was prolific for the Bushrangers. He went up to Darwin, got four or five for one in a spell. I honestly don’t know what the selectors could be saying to him if anything. It’s just unbelievable.”
Hastings is optimistic that Holland will make a comeback.
‘He’s not the type of bloke to sit back and feel sorry for himself… he’ll fight and come back hard and do what he normally does. He’s as fit as I’ve ever seen him. Most of the Bushrangers are. The type of character he is, he’ll do everything this season and keep showing them he should be there.”
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