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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 agreed Paul.
I also think that if they’re playing on roads (especially in the early stages) they’ll breeze through. But when the wickets wear a bit later in the tournament (like in the Champions Trophy), that will be a leveller.

Hosts under pressure to deliver in window of dominance

Fair enough!

The worry for Smith on his international return

Respectfully disagree. For me it embodied the arrogant, win-at-all-costs culture perpetuated by CA (that all came out in the culture review). Was quite apt in a way. And there’s no way the hands were there if England had won the series.
Anyway, hopefully that sort of behaviour is behind them.

The worry for Smith on his international return

He’s re-signed with Notts https://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/47643310

Fit again Pattinson an Ashes must

He has one.

Fit again Pattinson an Ashes must

Not really. Naturally, his selection is fitness pending. If he’s fit he plays IMO.

Fit again Pattinson an Ashes must

Ah, gotcha. Yep, that’s not clear – should have stipulated in the nine innings *before* landing in India. For reference, his scores before going to India read: 131, 24, 101, 8, 22, 106, 54, 131, 39.

Five games an eternity in fickle selection surrounds

Huh? The four tons in nine game don’t include the tour of India. They include the UK tour and home series against South Africa and India. And you don’t need ‘corroboration’ from a selector that they consider him on thin ice because a) they never say that publicly and b) dropping him says as much anyhow.

Five games an eternity in fickle selection surrounds

Absolutely. Good points

Five games an eternity in fickle selection surrounds

You were there? Lucky man, hope you had a ball!

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

Agree with your sentiments, but it’s only half of the issue. Given the form of his teammates plus the returning Smith/Warner, the issue of who to drop is very tricky…

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

Who captains, Sean? Finch has to IMO. Strong side though.

Aussies salute in India, perfectly timing World Cup charge

Absolutely it’s a big deal. And absolutely he deserves a second chance. My point is, he’s crafting this narrative that his comeback to cricket is ‘inspiring’, and he bristled when many former players (Ponting, Jones, Slater) said he’s gone about it the wrong way. The situation calls for modesty, and bunkering down in a press-sense. He has done, and continues to do, the opposite

Self-assured Bancroft continues to grate

Cheers Geoff

Self-assured Bancroft continues to grate

It’s a good point, Paul. Gillespie could have easily landed the England job, too. He was seen (in many eyes) as the frontrunner before Bayliss got it in 2015.

Calm amongst the chaos: McDonald’s meteoric rise

If Bairstow, Buttler and Stokes are ‘county-level’ then most of Australia’s top order are club-level

Why Australia are still firm Ashes underdogs

Oh absolutely, will be competitive. But I agree, any hopes of winning are fairly ambitious at this stage. Some good points raised

Why Australia are still firm Ashes underdogs

Hard to argue with those points, Chris. Well put

Now, more than ever, is time to pick and stick

I actually agree with you in that Pucovski should have played. The pleasing outcome from it, though, was that the selectors haven’t hastily chop-and-changed like we’ve become accustomed to.
Re: Burns, I wouldn’t be so sure. He has spent time on the County circuit there, and his home deck is obviously The Gabba, which often provides something for the seamers.

Now, more than ever, is time to pick and stick

Those figures don’t include Foxtel BBL numbers

Yes, the BBL is slightly long. But does it matter?

Paul, the piece primarily addresses viewers who are simply bored of the longer season, not a deeper issue of potential player burnout. Word limits, and all that.
As for your suggestion that the expanded format is not set in stone, let me tell you that it is. If CA were concerned about a longer schedule (*they’re not), they could ask Foxtel execs to go back to a shorter season, but will be laughed out of the room.

Yes, the BBL is slightly long. But does it matter?

Oh, absolutely. When players’ form in the BBL is used for selection in other formats, that is an issue.

Yes, the BBL is slightly long. But does it matter?

You’re not really grasping my argument. A Day One pitch on the biggest cricketing day on the calendar NEEDS to offer something. India could well roll Australia and my argument remains the same.

If the Perth pitch was ‘average’, the MCG is diabolical

Fair enough Waxhead, but who are the four candidates? I can only think of Stoinis who can bat six and bowl 15 seam upright overs. By no means am I saying Marsh was banging the door down, but his performance yesterday justified the selection. And he did threaten, several times in fact. Without him, the three quicks would have been cooked going into a 36 degree day – the recipe for a long-term injury.

If the Perth pitch was ‘average’, the MCG is diabolical

I don’t subscribe to that theory at all, Paul. 215 runs and two wickets in a full day of test cricket means you can very much make that that conclusion before both sides have batted.

If the Perth pitch was ‘average’, the MCG is diabolical