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David Schout

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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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95% have accepted it? Very generous Paul!

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

No, not at all surprised

Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

If you thought Handscomb was comfortable last night we’re watching a different game

Thoroughly outclassed, but Aussies can take heart in ODI revival

Some good points Mike. I must admit I was in favour of selecting Handscomb, thinking he’d bat in the middle overs. As it turned out he was in very early and all at sea with the moving ball, something we’ve seen before at test level.

Thoroughly outclassed, but Aussies can take heart in ODI revival

Yeah you’re right Paul. Root could play a huge role as an anchor tonight

Feast-or-famine Jason Roy the semi-final key

Each to their own, I obviously don’t agree. Like I said, it’s not often the opportunity would arise, but when it does (as it has twice with Root this WC) then it should happen.

Is it time for cricket to embrace batting substitutions?

Correct, they should. And most of the time they do realise that. But sometimes they just don’t go out, and that’s when it should be enacted.
Haha everyone loves red ink!

Is it time for cricket to embrace batting substitutions?

Sorry mate…will make sure I give it a read

England’s rigid mantra exposed on the biggest stage

Haha I was waiting for that! Fair call. Must admit it was written with the thought England would knock off Sri Lanka, which seemed almost certain. Very happy to be (very) wrong on this one.
One thing I will say, let’s not get ahead of ourselves and credit the ICC. This format is a stinker for many reasons

England’s rigid mantra exposed on the biggest stage

Thanks Matt

Superb Starc holds all the cards

True but it was a very tacky wicket at Headingley, which suited Sri Lanka to a tee (what an upset, btw). Hard to see any of the knockout games playing similarly

Superb Starc holds all the cards

Watson 1 in 10? The same guy that averaged over 40? The under-appreciation of Shane Watson is absolutely mad, the bloke was an ODI marvel

Enormous batting effort blasts Australia past Bangladesh

I agree re: time between games.
Closing the gap between the top 4-5 sides is also a fair point, but far bigger than what I’m arguing here. In 2015 there were two groups of seven. Six games each, quarters, semis, final – a far better model. The notion of playing NINE games each before we reach the knockout stage is ridiculous, and relied on upsets to keep things interesting til the end, which we have had few.

Meaningless fortnight looms at World Cup

I mean, we’re not going to agree here because it categorically does not reduce the amount of meaningless games. If Australia win tonight it’s virtually guaranteed the top four won’t change. That’s two weeks of games that merely determine finishing spots. If that’s a good thing for a tournament then we’re on a completely different page

Meaningless fortnight looms at World Cup

Tests completely different to ODIs. This is a knockout tournament

Meaningless fortnight looms at World Cup

‘Precious little administrators could do’? Please. How about use the same format from the last WC? The issue of junk time games was forecast by several before the WC, and it’s played out.
Also, South Africa didn’t have an ‘early stumble’. They lost their opening three games, which in any other international tournament would send you packing.

Meaningless fortnight looms at World Cup

Understand your argument Paul but my point is this: both you and I are rusted on cricket fans. We (or at least I will) watch dead rubbers in the wee hours of the morning because, you know, cricket. But we’re a smaller percentage of the market for this WC. I wanted this WC to generate genuine global excitement, but because of the schedule we’re going to stumble, slowly, into the finals. It shouldn’t be this way, and the ICC have stuffed up. I thought it before the tournament and very much think it now.
As for the ‘meaningless’ comment, I meant that purely in the context of what the results mean. Of course there’s no meaningless games when a country plays at a WC, which I made clear. I and many other will be watching every game. But pretty much the last 10 games (barring an upset tonight) will only be played to determine places in the top four, and then fifth to tenth. And that is a huge shame.

Meaningless fortnight looms at World Cup

Solid arguments against Ronan! In no other sport can you spend hour upon hour discussing selection, and I’m all the more for it.
P.s. If NCN bats 11 for England, can the Aussies have Jofra?

Five reasons Australia shouldn't play five bowlers

I think if we’ve learnt anything from the past few years in ODI cricket, it’s that a wrist spinner is a must in any successful side. Wickets in the middle overs are exceedingly difficult if you’ve just got pacemen and a finger spinner at your disposal. Zampa bowled really well prior to the WC and I believe they should back him in.

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

Or were you inferring Maxwell as the all-rounder, and playing Finch, Warner, Khawaja, Smith, SMarsh as the batsmen?

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

Fair comments. But what all-rounder? Stoinis very much out of touch, and I don’t think you can plonk Mitch Marsh (who hasn’t played ODI cricket for 18 months) into the XI in the middle of a World Cup and expect him to perform. I’m certainly not a Marsh-hater like others (in fact, rate him in one-dayers) but I think it might be too little too late. Would love to be proven wrong should he be drafted in

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

You are indeed correct. I blame filing at 3am. Has been fixed – cheers

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

I agree that they picked the wrong personnel, and with a better 15-man squad mightn’t have to go the five-bowler route. But last night Australia were so exposed with the lack of a fifth bowler that it almost lost the unlosable. In no way am I suggesting a fifth bowler would improve the batting, that would be silly. Rather I’m saying Australia could shift more responsibility onto the top order, and reinforce Finch’s bowling options, which are hugely lacking with just four plus Maxwell/himself. It’s a risk, a big risk, but if they just plod on and play that same side against India and England, they will be monstered.

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

Did you watch the Pakistan innings last night/this morning? I did, and if not for a Hail Mary DRS late, Australia would have lost due to a lack of bowling options. Finch gambled by not getting a tenth over from Maxwell or himself, and it luckily paid off (i.e. They didn’t have to bowl it).
The batting wasn’t the issue last night, they scored 300+ and should’ve scored 350. I never suggested that bringing in a bowler would strengthen the batting – obviously – rather, it would increase Australia’s chance of winning the WC. Khawaja batting at six for the first time ever in any form of FC cricket last night, which is ludicrous, and he or Marsh ought to be replaced.

Lacklustre Aussies need to start taking risks and so do the selectors

The latest rights deal includes some T20 back on the BBC, which is a step in the right direction.

Heat on England to win more than just games this summer