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David Schout

Freelance journalist

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Melbourne-based freelance journalist covering (mostly) cricket, alongside other sports and inner-city news. Worked with: IPL, ICC, BCCI, The Roar, The Guardian, Sportsbet, and more.

Drop me a line at [email protected], or via the links below.


Cricket writing

The Roar
When life's great distractor can no longer distract

For most readers of The Roar, sport would have presented itself as a welcome escape during life's difficult times. For some it might have been during periods of ill health or financial hardship. For me it was moving to a new city and adjusting to life with few to call on.

The Roar
Faultless on the biggest stage, Aussies delight and empower

After a campaign featuring injuries, a doubt-inducing defeat, rain and the overwhelming expectation of a nation, Australia produced a near-faultless performance in the T20 World Cup final to sign off as five-time champions in front of an electric home crowd. Just prior to the toss, Meg Lanning stood in the middle of a sun-drenched MCG [...]

The Roar
England only have themselves to blame for Archer's injury

During last year's Ashes series England captain Joe Root was warned to not over-bowl starlet Jofra Archer. The new darling of English cricket was an irresistible option with the ball, but like all good things needed to be used in moderation. As Archer made his mark on the international scene quicker than almost any player [...]

The Roar
Fan apathy for Stoinis shows growing understanding of T20 subtleties

In years gone by, the uproar from the Australian selectors' snubbing of Marcus Stoinis for the T20 squad to South Africa this week might have been much louder. Cricket is inherently a numbers game, and on numbers alone Stoinis has left all others in his wake this Big Bash season, one in which he's been [...]

The Roar
Newlands Test the tonic after flat Australian summer

Two Tests into the engrossing South Africa versus England series, it's all square and poised to be a classic. Ben Stokes continued an outrageous period with the three lions on his chest, bagging the last three wickets on Day 5 (Wednesday morning Australian time) to propel England to victory at a rowdy Newlands.

The Roar
Lateral movement remains Australia's overwhelming batting hurdle

Modern cricket is increasingly a data-driven domain. Right now, England and Australia's analysts are pouring over dossiers that will help it exploit the other ahead of the upcoming Ashes. Stats, pitch maps, beehives and interception points are being picked apart to best open up cracks in the opposition.

The Roar
Final outrage valid, but also a veneer for the bitter

Has the dust settled yet on the World Cup final? Or is it still swirling around Lord's since Martin Guptill's fruitless final ball dive unsettled the sloped earth? Many have only just gathered previously incoherent thoughts. Two days on, it's still difficult to comprehend that the most dramatic set of circumstances in any game of [...]

The Roar
Archer tops up England's surplus X-factor

It's scary when a side barely gets out of second gear yet walk off 100-run victors. But that's exactly what England did to South Africa in the World Cup opener. On a slow deck at the Oval, the hosts scraped past 300 - once the ODI gold standard, now a bare minimum.

The Roar
Thoroughly outclassed, but Aussies can take heart in ODI revival

Battered by a buoyant England side riding seemingly unstoppable momentum, Australia trudged off Edgbaston with tails firmly between legs after a semi-final hammering overnight. Chris Wakes, Jofra Archer and Adil Rashid put in performances to remember in Birmingham, skittling the Australians for just 223 in 49 overs before Jason Roy put the Aussie bowlers to [...]

The Roar
Superb Starc holds all the cards

Could Mitchell Starc be the first ever player to win multiple man-of-the-tournament awards at a World Cup? His current form suggests the question is a half-volley. Yes, of course he can, and his numbers back it up. In taking two further scalps in Australia's win over Bangladesh, Starc took his tournament tally to 15 - [...]

The Roar
Fit again Pattinson an Ashes must

The dormant volcano that is James Pattinson has erupted, and his case for selection in this year's Ashes is becoming more compelling by the day. After countless injury setbacks, the tearaway quick's return to the Sheffield Shield in recent weeks has again underlined his distinct threat with the Dukes ball.

The Roar
The worry for Smith on his international return

On a train to Nottingham for Day 2 of the fourth Test in the 2015 Ashes, I knew Michael Clarke's Australian team was bracing for a day of ceaseless taunting. The day before, they'd been famously rolled for 60 as Stuart Broad single-handedly wrestled the urn back into English hands.

The Roar
Self-assured Bancroft continues to grate

Cameron Bancroft's return to cricket has been decidedly emphatic. After an impressive BBL campaign, his commanding performance this week for Western Australia has presented Australian selectors with a third option to partner David Warner in as opener in this year's Ashes. In a short time, Bancroft has put himself forward as a serious case.

The Roar
Handscomb and the spotlight on being different

Since Steve Smith not so much threw the MCC coaching manual out the window as set fire to it, the appreciation of distinctive or unusual batting techniques has risen. No longer are the manual's directives a key to success, and some coaches have come around to 'what works for the individual' rather than formulaic directives.

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The Roar
Australia deserve to be warm favourites - but are we sleeping on Pakistan?

Cricket fans, rejoice. The Test summer is finally underway! Australia's first home Test of the summer gets underway at The Gabba against Pakistan this morning, with warm favouritism blowing at the backs of the home side. Pakistan's record in Australia is nothing short of dismal, with the Shaheens not winning a Test on Aussie soil [...]

The Roar
Eighteen months in: How is Justin Langer really going?

Justin Langer couldn't have possibly taken over as Australian men's cricket coach at a more difficult time. With three members of the Test XI - including the two best bats by some margin - out suspended and a comprehensive review into the sport's culture from top to bottom proving incredibly distracting, it's no surprise his [...]

The Roar
The changes Australia must make for the third Ashes Test

It was a memorable second Test at Lord's between England and Australia, with the draw making the third Test incredibly pivotal. With two Tests of sample size to look at, who's spot in the side should be safe and who should be on the outer?

The Roar
The changes both sides must consider ahead of the second Ashes Test

There's not a whole lot of time to celebrate our first Test victory, with the second Ashes Test getting underway at Lord's in under a week. While Australia will likely remember the first Test victory fondly for a long time, it wasn't a perfect performance by any stretch - will changes be needed for the [...]

The Roar
Which Ashes spots are realistically up for grabs?

A mouth-watering selection trial for this year's Ashes series gets underway tonight, with the 'Graeme Hick XII' taking on the 'Brad Haddin XII' locking horns. Hick and Haddin picked their teams schoolyard style, but just last week we had Roar cricket expert David Schout and Roar editor Daniel Jeffrey do exactly the same and we [...]

The Roar
VOTE: Which expert picked the better Ashes side?

It'll be one of the most interesting selection trials in recent memory for our Australian men's cricket team, with Australia and Australia A set to face off next week. With neither side actually named for the match just yet, we sent it back to the schoolyard and got Roar cricket expert David Schout and Roar [...]

Other sports writing

Sportsbet News
An A-Z of Aussie sports clichés | Sportsbet News

Comments Some clichés traverse the globe, used by commentators and punters the world over. The likes of 'one week at a time', 'give 110%' and 'it's a game of two halves'. But what about the ones used mostly in Australia? We've compiled a list. Enjoy.

Sportsbet News
The 7 most questionable Australian kits ever | Sportsbet News

Comments In a lovely display of sporting democracy, Cricket Australia has asked fans to vote for their favourite ODI kit of yesteryear. With nostalgia running through the veins, sentimental fans have voted in their droves, with the winning design set to be worn during next summer's ODIs. It all comes down to this...

The Roar
Could Kyliann Mbappe lead France to World Cup glory?

Every so often a performance on the football field makes the world sit up and take notice. Not just for what they're seeing before their eyes but for what the performance signals for the future. For what could be. That was the case in the early hours of Sunday morning when French wunderkind Kylian Mbappe [...]

The Roar
The one-cap Socceroos XI

Back in 2010, then-Socceroos captain Lucas Neill was asked whether upcoming players in the national ranks could match the longevity of the golden generation Australia had just had. In response, Neill somewhat bemoaned the flurry of debutants sprouting up at the time. "People can now say they're a Socceroo because they have one or two [...]

Agar and me: Crow's link to cricket's new star - AFL.com.au

I knew he'd be a good player, but I definitely didn't expect him to get up there that quick Adelaide's Jarryd Lyons on Ashton Agar IN A week where Ashton Agar's achievements in the opening Ashes test enthralled a nation, one young AFL player can lay claim to having once led him onto a cricket field.

Avoiding the ACL curse - carltonfc.com.au

Carlton has joined forces with a Melbourne University mechanical engineer who claims serious knee injuries can be prevented by strengthening ankle joints. The Blues hope the partnership will enable them to better identify players who are most susceptible to anterior cruciate ligament injuries and, in turn, develop training programs to prevent them from occurring.

Sportsbet News
The five types of Grand Final party guests | Sportsbet News

Comments It's the biggest day of the football year, and if you're not going to the game or a pub, one of your mates is almost certainly hosting a Grand Final Day party. We've all been to one (or many), and they really are great days. Beer and sausage roll for morning tea?

Sportsbet News
TOP 5: Biggest Ever Chokes On Aussie Soil | Sportsbet News

Comments Sport, and especially cricket, is all about numbers. Runs, wickets, averages, strike rates. So as bleary-eyed sports fans got to work this morning, there were three certain numbers we couldn't stop talking about. 53 off 43 required with 10 wickets in hand. 53 off 43 required with 10 wickets in hand.

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CBD News
City on pause amid uncertainty

By David Schout As facilities close, workers clear and events cease, Melbourne is bracing for an acutely uncertain 2020 in the midst of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In the space of just two weeks in March, almost all CBD-based businesses and events were forced to close or cancel after increasingly stringent government measures forced people ...

CBD News
Disability access "getting worse, not better"

By David Schout Disability access in the CBD has gone backwards and has failed to keep pace with the city's growth, according to a six-time Paralympian and long-time resident.

CBD News
Expecting hay fever this spring? Don't blame the plane

By David Schout As hay fever season looms, we're being told to go easy on the humble London plane tree, which despite popular belief isn't to blame for runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezing. For those that live or work in the CBD, there's every chance you're all too familiar with the London plane, a ...

CBD News
Extending the free tram zone: Good move or bad?

By David Schout As state parliament considers the merit of extending the free tram zone, it appears people are split on whether free rides should extend beyond the CBD.

CBD News
"We're not a hotel"

By David Schout The owner of a quirky CBD caravan park has been taken to court by hotel giant Novotel for a name it claims is too similar to its own.

CBD News
A stable space for young people in need

By David Schout A world-first youth crisis accommodation centre has opened in the CBD, in what providers hope will provide greater stability for the city's young people doing it tough. The new 18-bed facility at Frontyard Youth Services on King St allows those aged 12-25 to be housed in the same facility that offers 24/7 ...

CBD News
Council crackdown on motorbike parking

By David Schout The City of Melbourne could install "no-stopping" signs on some of the CBD's busiest footpaths in a bid to free-up clogged walkways. As councillors step up their bid to "reclaim footpaths" as a key pillar of council's 10-year transport strategy, motorbikes and food delivery bikes have been targeted.

CBD News
Council wages 'war on congestion'

The CBD will prioritise pedestrians and cyclists under a new 10-year transport strategy released by the City of Melbourne that aims to reduce the number of cars entering the city.

CBD News
E-scooters line up to launch in city

Over 10 dockless electric scooter companies are vying to enter the Melbourne market in a bid to replace the “last mile” transport void left by O-bike.

CBD News
Pounding the grid’s streets

Inspired by ultrarunner Rickey Gates’ 2000km effort of running every single street of San Francisco, Craig Roberts tried his hand at the Hoddle Grid.

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