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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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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

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