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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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Erghh that old argument hey

Australian players weary, but there’s little respite in sight

Good point! Thanks for picking up the slack. And yep, Wolvaardt’s in-out shot through extra-cover was one of the tournament’s best

Nerveless Aussies dodge rain on way to World Cup final

What a game. I too hit the sack. And wrote about it on here a while back: https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/10/25/how-i-missed-the-most-remarkable-odi-ever-seen/
Also, how good is it to hear the name Boeta Dippenaar

I went to bed at the innings break of the 438 game and haven’t trusted anyone or anything since

I know right, I hate those grade cricketers who’ve captained their country over 50 times

Chokers, front-runners, over-achievers: Why Big Bash storylines matter

Cheers Brett

Chokers, front-runners, over-achievers: Why Big Bash storylines matter

Understand that perception (with guest stint players coming in and out) but most clubs actually retained the vast majority of their core squad from last season

Chokers, front-runners, over-achievers: Why Big Bash storylines matter

In his last 20 ODIs he’s bowled 5+ overs on 13 occasions. In this format he is most definitely an all-rounder

Five things we learnt from India vs Australia

It’s not just about the current form of India and Australia though, Paul. It’s a huge sample size of tests on Australian shores where the pitches (and Kookaburra, for that matter) offer little to the bowlers. And that’s my argument: when there’s a fair balance, cricket is invariably entertaining. But we don’t see it nearly enough. People tune out, which can’t be said of the Ashes 4-5 months ago

Newlands Test the tonic after flat Australian summer

Great comment Simon and interesting anecdote about your mate. Also agree 100% re: Kookaburra

Newlands Test the tonic after flat Australian summer

Ha, you are right. Can happen when you file after midnight…

Series slipping as Black Caps desperate for something special

Yeah I saw that too Paul, and it seemed strange. Why not just pick the squad after the England series? You’re right that Mitchell looked solid on debut but whether he could slot into opening in Aus is another thing!

Raval liability exposes Black Caps on the biggest stage

Nice summary Riccardo and you’re right, top order cover seemed a no-brainer

Raval liability exposes Black Caps on the biggest stage

Cheers Paul. But Handscomb was skippering last week, no?

MCG pitch shambles a failure in PR

It definitely won’t be abandoned Hugh because CA aren’t the main players in the decision-making – it’s (usually) the AFL. Last year’s Perth wicket, for me, was a good one, and Adelaide has produced several good drop-ins. So it can be done, just not in Melbourne it seems

MCG pitch shambles a failure in PR

Take your point but I did qualify what I meant (i.e. all three results being in play) in the same sentence. Test matches are rarely, if ever, dead. My overall point is that there’s been very few gripping test series in Australia in recent times.

Resolute Kiwis primed to ensure closest home series in years

Cheers Paul and I agree, think it’ll be a big test for Australia’s top order. Looking forward to it

Resolute Kiwis primed to ensure closest home series in years

Cheers Marty

Bailey’s appointment signals shift into new selection era

I think my point re: Khawaja was that 5-6 years ago he might have been seen as done. Now, he isn’t.
And I agree with your point re: younger players. I feel the shift now is that Shield runs are yet again seen as the biggest indicator of readiness to play for Australia, not merely identification in the elite pathways and fast-tracking via that.

Bailey’s appointment signals shift into new selection era

This is a good point re: aggregates. But it was just one of the reasons I used to support the argument. Weighing up their ability, irrespective of stats, I still believe it to be the case

Seven things to look forward to in this summer of cricket

I don’t think I am. Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc will all, barring long-term injury, finish their careers at the very least within the top 10 Australian test wicket takers of all time. Throw in Pattinson and I’m not sure there’s been four better to pick from at one time.

Seven things to look forward to in this summer of cricket

I don’t think I am. Cummins, Hazlewood and Starc (barring long-term injury) will almost certainly finish their careers **at the very least** within Australia’s top 10 test wicket takers of all time.

Seven things to look forward to in this summer of cricket

Ha yes, that too. Enjoyed Seven’s debut year last summer, think they’ll be even better this year

Seven things to look forward to in this summer of cricket

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