Former Australian cricketer Bob Holland recognized with brain cancer

Holland was presented with life membership by the Hunter branch of The Lord's Taverners Australia at a ceremony in Newcastle.

Bob Holland
(AUSTRALIA OUT) Great Ashes Moments. Former Australian leg-spinner Bob Holland celebrates his 60th birthday at Roronto’s Ron Hill Oval, near Newcastle, 23 September 2006. NCH Picture by GLEN MCCURTAYNE (Photo by Fairfax Media via Getty Images)

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Former Australian spinner Bob Holland has been recognised with brain cancer which is a disheartening news for all cricket enthusiasts.  The 70-year old’s family and friends remain positive but are also ready to face the truth as the cricketer continues to battle against the deadly disease.

Holland who is popularly known as “Dutchy” was diagnosed with brain cancer in the month of March and had to go through a surgery in order which removed three-quarters of the existing tumour. After the success of the surgery, Holland’s son Craig was delighted and said that his father has defeated cancer in round one. But his wife Carolyn reported to Fairfax Media that Bob’s health has gone down significantly since then and the situation is not at all good.

Holland was presented with life membership by the Hunter branch of The Lord’s Taverners Australia at a ceremony in Newcastle. After the ceremony, his wife said “Totally shocked. We can’t believe that we’re in this position, well, he’s in this position. A healthy, fit man now just not there,”The bowler who specialised in the leg-break googly had a hard time talking at the ceremony and kept away from giving a speech.

About his career:

Bob Holland has featured in 11 Tests and 2 ODI’s for the country. He made his Test debut in the year of 1984 and also has the best bowling figure of 6/54 in a Test inning.  He also has 34 Test wickets to his name and his best Test match bowling figure stands at 10 wickets for 144 runs. His first class career has been impressive where he has played 95 matches grabbing a total of 316 wickets. He once took 9 wickets for 83 runs in an inning of a first class match which is his all time best.

This is an extremely sad news for the whole cricketing universe and we hope the best for a respected individual like Bob Holland who has served the country with his all.