Jesse Hogan

Jesse Hogan has been a reporter at The Age since 2004, and has been part of its sports department since 2008. He is primarily focused on cricket and has covered a number of the Australian team's overseas tours, including the 2011 World Cup. He also reports on AFL and soccer.

Shane Watson: Massive pay day.

Watson become Australia's highest paid in IPL

​The suspension of two IPL teams that looked set to be a financial blow for Shane Watson has become a financial boon, with the all-rounder surging to become Australia's highest-paid player in the competition with a $A1.96 million deal.

Picking up the pace: Jake Reed doing what he loves best ... playing cricket.

Cricket turned Jake Reed's life around

If fast-bowler Jake Reed makes his return to Victoria's team in coming weeks he will not take it for granted. The obvious reason for that is because it will have come after two injury-plagued years. The less obvious, but more pertinent, reason is that cricket has provided him a way out of a lifestyle that was taking him "off the rails".

No doubts about fitness: James Pattinson.

Pattinson finds form as Vics fight back

Peter Siddle's advice to be patient with James Pattinson after his muted return from injury was vindicated by his fellow paceman's improved bowling on day two of the Sheffield Shield match at the MCG.

Pleased with comeback: Peter Siddle.

Siddle pleased with comeback

Peter Siddle hopes his impressive comeback from injury, snaring two wickets with the new ball in the Sheffield Shield, has convinced Australian selectors he's readyfor next week's first Test in New Zealand.