Bob Holland, the former Australian Test legspinner, passed away at the age of 70, on Sunday (September 17), succumbing to brain cancer. Holland, who played 11 Tests and bagged 34 wickets, suffered a brain bleed in hospital.
“He had the best time of his life on Friday where he spent time with a lot of his mates at his dinner,” Craig, Bob’s son, said to The Newcastle Herald.
“He showed no pain on the night and stayed till the end of the show. My family were amazed as we thought he might stay an hour or two. He went to the grand final of the Newcastle baseball and watched his grandson play in two games. He had a bad night last night and mum decided to take him to hospital this morning. It was confirmed he had broken a few ribs,” he added.
Holland had been laid low by an aggressive form of brain cancer since March this year and underwent a surgery to remove a part of the tumour. “My family are humbled and appreciate the support of the community and his friends for their support in the past and recent difficult times,” Craig noted.
He also played in the Ashes series in 1985 and later that year snared a 10-wicket haul in the match against New Zealand. He played his final Test against India in January 1986.