David Schout

Freelance journalist


Melbourne-based freelance journalist covering (mostly) cricket, sport and inner-city news. Worked with: cricket.com.au, ICC, IPL, News Corp Australia, The Guardian, BCCI, The Roar and more.

Drop me a line at schoutd@gmail.com, or via the links below.


Cricket news/analysis

Hit pretty hard': Star's Covid battle

Australian superstar Glenn Maxwell admits he has been "hit pretty hard" by Covid-19 and said he struggled physically during his match-winning innings of 68 not out for the Melbourne Stars in their derby win over the Renegades on Thursday night.

The Roar
Is playing cricket in COVID really a welcome distraction?

There are many reasons to argue the IPL should not cancel its 2021 season despite an unfolding COVID-19 tragedy in India. The tournament is not making the pandemic any worse. Players, coaches and officials are already within their biosecure bubbles away from the general population.

Cricket live coverage

2020 Boxing Day Test

Live coverage of the 2nd Test in India's 2020/21 tour of Australia, from the MCG

2019 IPL Final

Live coverage of the 2019 IPL Final between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings


Sportsbet News
An A-Z of Aussie sports clichés

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

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...

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.

News writing

CBD News
Push for specialist rough sleeper service in CBD

The City of Melbourne has proposed a new "specialist" support service for rough sleepers in the CBD. The site would act as both a housing referral and health support service to assist those sleeping rough within the Hoddle Grid.

CBD News
City on pause amid uncertainty

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.

CBD News
City 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.

Podcast interviews

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
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
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 [...]