Forgotten spinner still in dark over selection snub
DUMPED Test wicketkeeper Peter Nevill is on standby for any mishaps in India, but 38 Sheffield Shield wickets this season haven't earned Jon Holland a similar heads-up.
In fact Victorian spinner Holland, who took five wickets in two Tests in Sri Lanka last year, is yet to hear from national selectors about where he sits in the pecking order, and why he's not in India now.
The lack of communication comes amid a growing mood of discontent among players in the national frame about the "churn and burn" mentality of Cricket Australia.
Former Test opener Ed Cowan lashed CA for failing on the welfare front when dumped batsman Nic Maddinson required time away from the game following his national axing.
Holland did get injured at the wrong time, missing all the Big Bash with a heel injury as selectors mulled over the Indian picks.
But he had taken 27 of his 38 Shield wickets before the BBL break, in just five games, too, and would have, at the very least, taken a phone call to explain why he wasn't considered for the 16-man squad.
"Still haven't heard from them, and I'm not holding my breath," Holland said.
"A part of me thinks that maybe I should have got a call just to let me know how I'm going and what they are thinking, or how was I actually going with my injury and would I be able to play after the Big Bash.
"I am sure the selectors have a lot on their plate and can't call everyone. But having taken so many wickets and being on the last tour I thought I would have been a chance to get selected."
The two spinners chosen ahead of Holland to join Test incumbents Nathan Lyon and Steve O'Keefe, Ashton Agar and leggie Mitchell Swepson, have just 26 Shield wickets between them this summer.
Holland, 29, maintains his ambition to get back in to the national set-up and said he was not short of motivation to keep taking wickets, with 50 his goal.
"Everyone that plays Shield cricket wants to play for Australia. Hopefully one day I do get another opportunity," he said.
"At the moment motivation really is to win the Shield this year. That's what is motivating me the most.
"It would have been nice to be selected ... but I am back here for the Vics are we are going for three straight Shield titles, which is pretty exciting."
Victoria is well clear at the top of the Shield table with three rounds to go, all matches on the road beginning with a clash against Western Australia in Perth starting Saturday.