Big things were expected of Jon Holland when he was a surprise selection in the squad to tour India in 2009.
In a career dominated by shoulder injuries, the left-arm spinner has struggled to knuckle down a consistent year of cricket.
2012 looked like the turning point in his career, with several outstanding performances for the Bushrangers. However, a shoulder injury sustained in club cricket ruled him out for all but four matches.
A quiet achiever in first-class cricket, Holland has taken 75 wickets from 29 matches. He went wicketless in his sole Bupa Sheffield Shield appearance last season, but did manage 10 wickets in two outings for Australia A on their English tour.
Initially drafted into the squad as cover for Cameron White and Bryce McGain, the left-arm tweaker struggled to make a name himself in a dominant Victorian side.
While he wasn’t taking big bags of wickets, experts around the country were excited by his control, as well as his variations in pace and flight.
His form in the Ryobi Cup has been mixed, with Holland snaring just 22 wickets from his 23 appearances.
Victoria’s final 50 over clash in the 2011/12 season was one for the ages, with Holland almost bowling them to the unlikeliest of victories.
Defending just 123, Holland opened the bowling at the Adelaide Oval, and helped spark a collapse that saw the hosts lose 9/38.
The 26 year old Bushranger took 6/29 from his 13 overs, but it would be the Redbacks who limped over the line with one wicket to spare.
With Fawad Ahmed starting to fire, the unlucky Holland will be praying for an injury free 2013.