Glory days: Bob Holland in action for Australia during the third Test against England at Trent Bridge in 1985. Photo: Adrian MurrellFormer Australian Test leg-spinner Robert Holland and his wife Carolyn are recovering at home after they were allegedly assaulted on a Lake Macquarie cricket ground on Saturday.
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The 69-year-old Holland, who volunteers as a curator for Toronto Workers District Cricket Club, stopped at Awaba Oval on Saturday afternoon when he spotted a male and female riding dirt bikes on the ground. Mr Holland asked the pair to leave before police allege the 31-year-old man and 21-year-old woman became aggressive.

Mrs Holland, 68, began filming the altercation from the other side of the field before the male dirt bike rider allegedly attacked her and knocked her to the ground with the vehicle. Mr Holland then came to the aid of his wife and was allegedly punched in the mouth.

While on the ground it is alleged Mr Holland, whose arm was in a sling, was kicked in his shoulder and ribs. Three weeks ago Mr Holland underwent surgery to repair torn tendons in his shoulder.

Police allege the younger woman also assaulted Mrs Holland before the riders left with both Mr and Mrs Holland’s phones, which were later found destroyed.

The Hollands were taken to the John Hunter Hospital and received treatment for cuts and bruising.

On Sunday Lake Macquarie police arrested a 21-year-old woman and a 31-year-old man at a Heaton Street address.

They were taken to Belmont police station and charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and inflicting actual bodily harm as well as one count of common assault.

Both received conditional bail. They will face Belmont Local Court on September 13.

Mr and Mrs Holland’s son Craig said his father was released from hospital on Sunday morning and his mother returned home on Sunday afternoon.

“He’s upbeat, like he always is,” Craig Holland said. “He doesn’t have a bad word to say about anyone, but he doesn’t understand how humans can be like that.”

Craig said his father could lose several teeth due to the alleged assault, but his mother sustained the worst injuries with bruising to her face and she was struggling to walk.

“Mum’s been looking after him because he’s been restricted with what he can do, and now she’s worse than Dad because Mum got the boot laid in too and she’s a bit more fragile,” he said. “It’s bit of a family crisis because they’re not able to do much for themselves at the moment.”

Mr Holland played 11 Tests for Australia between 1984 and 1986, after becoming the oldest debutante in half a century at 38. He is most famous for spinning the Aussies to victory over a powerful West Indies side in the fifth Test at the SCG in 1984-85. He claimed match figures of 10-144, which included the wickets of legendary batsmen Viv Richards, Clive Lloyd, Gordon Greenridge and Desmond Haynes.

Following his retirement from first-class cricket, Mr Holland has been heavily involved in supporting Newcastle cricket as a coach and committee member at Toronto.

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