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David Schout is a Melbourne-based freelance journalist covering (mostly) cricket. He has reported for The Guardian, the ICC, IPL, Yorkshire CCC and others. You can follow him on Twitter at @david_schout.

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Blind Freddie knows Smith’s influence on this Ashes has been immense. More than immense. This piece is about a newly instilled philosophy of adapting abroad, shelving the ‘play your game’ mentality that has contributed to so many defeats abroad.

Egos shelved, sleeves rolled up: Langer, Paine instil blueprint for success abroad

James, can you be my manager? I’ll give you 20% cut

On a dry Manchester pitch, Lyon holds key to Australia retaining the Ashes

As much as I hope you’re right, let’s not forget that Australia is historically terrible at extracting reverse swing. Hence the whole bring sandpaper onto the field tactic

On a dry Manchester pitch, Lyon holds key to Australia retaining the Ashes

Cheers Pete!

On a dry Manchester pitch, Lyon holds key to Australia retaining the Ashes

Agreed re: Labuschagne. Perhaps the biggest gem unearthed from this Ashes is that Australia now has a long-term no.3

On a dry Manchester pitch, Lyon holds key to Australia retaining the Ashes

I can’t predict the future, but I can very much predict that Archer’s bouncers will never, ever be ‘mid height balloons that are carted to the boundary’

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

Not an insult Paul, value your input. Just think we should appreciate good cricketers either side of the fence

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

Just don’t understand the reluctance to give Stokes credit. He’s a generational cricketer and to say he ‘struggles to score runs when England really need them’ sounds pretty silly given what he’s done in the last couple of months.

England gathering steam, and not just via Archer

I think you’ve somewhat missed my point, Paul. All I raised was that England’s best chance at success is likely with surfaces conducive to seam movement. I’m not suggesting they’ll force curators’ hands to produce a pitch they want.

Is it green decks or bust for England in the Ashes?

I never said they were toothless, but they were wicketless and expensive. My main point was the fact Denly was obviously encouraged to pitch it up into the footmarks, but had no cover fielder. This beggars belief

Root’s puzzling tactics leave him open for criticism

3/20 off 8. Man of the match. Yes, he destroyed Australia in the WC semi-final

Root’s puzzling tactics leave him open for criticism

As I mentioned, there wasn’t a reason re: Woakes. Journos at the ground said on Twitter that they asked England staff, who said there was nothing wrong with him.
Obviously losing Anderson didn’t help, but it still left him with three frontline quicks (I’m counting Stokes, because he essentially is) and a spinner, which is exactly what Paine had.
For me, the only player who could replace him is Jos Buttler.

Root’s puzzling tactics leave him open for criticism

Ha I haven’t – apologies! He’s so part of the furniture I’ve overlooked him. Make no mistake he’ll have a huge impact this series. The only quick that is likely to play all five

Familiar optimism, but does UK Ashes success finally beckon for Australia?

I believe they used a new ball (with a less pronounced seam) at the start of this county season to make life easier for batters. But once they saw that bowlers were struggling to garner as much movement (sort of obvious, no?) they ordered a batch of the previous balls for the Ashes

Lateral movement remains Australia’s overwhelming batting hurdle

It’s actually just a return to the old ball, rather than a new one

Lateral movement remains Australia’s overwhelming batting hurdle

Haha apologies! All fair points that you’ve expanded on there, btw. As a broader point I think if both teams are struggling with the Dukes it’s bound to be a great series from a viewer perspective. Far more so than the 2017/18 series – the Melbourne and Sydney tests were drab.

Lateral movement remains Australia’s overwhelming batting hurdle

I think the point is that Australia has struggled, and continued to struggle, more than any of the other top sides. There’s a huge body of evidence that backs that up.
And as much as I agree re: patience, I think it’s slightly reductionist to say it’s a generational thing.

Lateral movement remains Australia’s overwhelming batting hurdle

If you have a listen you’ll hear I didn’t actually offer my opinion. I said selectors will likely pick him (or Labuschagne, it seems) as it gives them flexibility. They almost always pick an all-rounder

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True Paul. Root has spent some time at 3 in the last three years though

Ashes shapes as survival of the fittest

This ^ Spot on mate

Ashes shapes as survival of the fittest

I might touch on that next week actually, would be interesting to look at the players used

Ashes shapes as survival of the fittest

That’s England’s key weakness, isn’t it. They tried countless options to partner Cook the last few years, none of which has worked, and now with him gone they’re hugely vulnerable.

Ashes shapes as survival of the fittest

Yeah, absolutely I do Paul. He’s an immense talent, which was highlighted in the World Cup. Like Bumrah, I can see him transferring his skills fairly seamlessly onto the test arena.

Ashes shapes as survival of the fittest

I knew this final was missing one thing – conspiracy theories. Thanks for bringing it to my attention

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

Well said

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter