Full name Ian Gabriel Holland
Born October 3, 1990, Wisconsin
Current age 27 years 171 days
Major teams Victoria, Victoria Under-17s, Victoria Under-19s, Victoria Under-23s
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 1.83 m
|First-class debut||Victoria v Tasmania at Melbourne, Feb 3-5, 2016 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Warwickshire v Hampshire at Birmingham, Sep 25-28, 2017 scorecard|
|List A debut||Kent v Hampshire at Canterbury, Apr 27, 2017 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Glamorgan at Southampton, May 12, 2017 scorecard|
|Only T20s||Middlesex v Hampshire at Lord's, Aug 3, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|0/44, 1, 2/21, 21*||Hampshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||25 Sep 2017||FC|
|11, 1/20, 1/33, 16*||Hampshire||v Essex||Southampton||19 Sep 2017||FC|
|2/31, 23||Hampshire||v Middlesex||Uxbridge||12 Sep 2017||FC|
|0/32, 51, 0/22||Hampshire||v Surrey||Southampton||5 Sep 2017||FC|
|1/28, 14||Hants 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Arundel||10 Aug 2017||Other T20|
|0/12, 9*||Hants 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Arundel||10 Aug 2017||Other T20|
|1/4, 14, 0/15||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Southampton||6 Aug 2017||FC|
|1/33||Hampshire||v Middlesex||Lord's||3 Aug 2017||T20|
|21, 0/13||Hants 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Southampton||27 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|4, 1/34||Hants 2nd XI||v Middx 2nd XI||Southampton||27 Jul 2017||Other T20|
Unique is an over-used word but it is an appropriate way of describing Ian Holland's entry into county cricket which can be traced back to an appearance on reality television. In 2012, Holland entered the Australian show Cricket Superstar, in which the former Australian captain Allan Border was the chief judge. He successfully made it through his trial before beating 14 other finalists on the show and winning a rookie contract with Victoria.
Holland, an allrounder who was born in Wisconsin in the United States but holds a UK passport via his English father, said: "I went into it without any expectations and came out with an opportunity. It was a chance to fast-track myself at that point of my career and it got me a foot in the door of the Australian system. It was Allan Border's involvement that gave it the credibility for me."
Despite his TV success, Holland's opportunities for Victoria were limited. He made his only appearance in the Sheffield Shield in February 2016, as Victoria beat Tasmania by seven wickets. He played a couple of seasons for Fleetwood CC in the Northern League and was recommended to Hampshire by Dimitri Mascarenhas their former England allrounder, who he met in Melbourne in 2015.
Opportunity came in the Championship against Warwickshire in June 2017, and he starred later that month in a floodlit Championship fixture when he took four cheap wickets. It all added up to a highly respectable opening season - a 33 average with the bat, 18 with the ball in the Championship - in which he made his debut in all three formats.