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David Schout

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David Schout is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist who has written and reported for the likes of The Guardian, the ICC, Sportsbet, and AFL Media. You can follow him on Twitter at @david_schout.

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Yeah they’re struggling aren’t they Paul? No 50+ score for either since the Ashes. They need runs soon, but I’m one of the (seemingly) few that think our best side has them in it. Especially Shaun, whose experience we need going into next year’s Ashes. If Mitch continues to be below-par with the bat, he’ll need to be bowling well to retain his spot.

Langer picks up Lehmann's slack

Exactly right Andre, you wouldn’t blame him. But he’s reiterated this morning that test cricket is still his no.1 goal which was nice to hear. Pretty resilient bloke.

Glenn Maxwell betrayed by mixed messages

It’s a fair question James but no, I think he’ll play again. A big JLT and strong shield form pre-Christmas could even see him in with a chance this summer. But then again, non-selection in a 15-man squad might suggest he’s pretty far down the pecking order…
Still trying to get my head around it tbh.

Glenn Maxwell betrayed by mixed messages

I think merely looking at stats is unfair in the subcontinent. Runs on a spitting deck in India or Sri Lanka are worth far more (IMO) than on a flat Gabba. Maxwell’s 45 in Dharamsala last year against India doesn’t look amazing on paper, but was comfortably our top score, for example.
He is ‘proven’ in the way he plays spin (in all formats) in India, somewhere he has been 13-14 times for international and IPL duty. Watch him at the crease.
In terms of the comparison with Finch, I disagree completely.

Selection trials loom for Test and ODI hopefuls

I don’t think they’re ‘excluded’ as such, just further down the order than they guys picked for the A tour. I think for Finch there’s questions whether his temperament and skill set would succeed abroad. No doubt he could make test runs in Australia and a good Oct-Nov in the Shield could see him rewarded this summer. But if you ask whether I see him playing in next year’s Ashes in the UK, I’d say no.
His name is always thrown about on the back of white ball form, so he needs a solid period of four-day cricket to come into the reckoning.

Selection trials loom for Test and ODI hopefuls

Correct Paul, at least not in the subcontinent. I see them down the pecking order, and believe the selectors do too. Big shield runs early doors could obviously change that.

Selection trials loom for Test and ODI hopefuls

If you watched England’s games and can’t conceded Maguire and Trippier were impressive then we’re watching a different game.

A campaign to remember for England

In ODI cricket, absolutely they are. They’ve lost 14 of their last 16 – something they’ve never done. The majority of those games we had a full squad to pick from, so the default argument everyone’s using about unavailable players is short-sighted. I mention that there’s no major worries Test and T20-wise.

After the Trent Bridge debacle, Justin Langer's true task starts now