Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

Pssst: Melbourne and Daniel Cross at the crossroad

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Melbourne could soon be forced to make a difficult decision on a warhorse midfielder.

Cricket's pink-ball Adelaide Test gets the green light

The pink ball is ready for this year's day-night Test against New Zealand

Jon Pierik Australia and New Zealand will contest the inaugural day-night Test in Adelaide in November, despite the "uncertainty and apprehension" of the Black Caps players.

Pssst: Greg Champion wants another grand final day gig

Iconic voice: Greg Champion

Jon Pierik, Daniel Cherny and Jesse Hogan Renowned footy balladeer Greg Champion knew singing appearances at the AFL grand final were to be cherished.

NBL chief hopes to bounce into new TV deal

Making changes: NBL supremo Larry Kestelman.

Jon Pierik The new executive director of the National Basketball League is "cautiously optimistic" about securing a broadcast rights deal, but has revealed plans for each team to have an Asian player sit...

Black Caps could be forced to play day-night Test in Australia

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum.

Jon Pierik New Zealand's cricketers remain opposed to featuring in the inaugural day-night Test in Australia later this year but face the prospect of being forced to play.

Pssst: Money matters for former Bears and Swans

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Daniel Cherny and Jon Pierik  It's more than 25 years since the then privately owned Brisbane Bears and Sydney Swans were mired in financial difficulties, and players were forced to take pay cuts, and even had contracts...

Pink cricket balls are 'ready' for day-night Test, says chief

PINK BIG: The coloured Kookaburra has been declared

Jon Pierik The manufacturer of cricket's new pink ball has declared it is "Test match ready" - if the inaugural day-night Test goes ahead in Australia in November.

Australia await answer from New Zealand on day-night Test plans

Jon Pierik Cricket Australia's hopes of staging the inaugural day-night Test match in November hinge on the support of New Zealand.

Pssst: Shane Crawford at Port Adelaide and Mark 'Choco' Williams at Hawthorn?

He's got the power: Hawks champion Shane Crawford almost joined Port.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Port Adelaide tried to lure a Hawthorn star during his playing pomp.

Pssst: Andrew Bews happy his son remained in the Geelong family

The current father-son rule meant Jed Bews went to the Cats and not Brisbane.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny There has been some talk of late about the AFL lowering the number of matches required for father-son eligibility from 100 to 50 (as was the case before 2003), or even lower.

Pssst: Nine to take guard again in England for Test coverage

Richie Benaud rings the bell at Lord's in 2009.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny For the first time in almost 20 years, Channel Nine is set to announce it will provide its own commentary of an Ashes tour.

Howzat: Four-day Test cricket sparks serious debate

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Jon Pierik Cricket's top playing committee had a 'significant debate' about the possibility of introducing four-day Test cricket in a bid to preserve the primacy of the traditional format.

Pssst: Carlton should brace for pain

Blues dreaming: Carlton is a long-term rebuilding job, according to Chris Pelchen.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Former Hawthorn and St Kilda list manager Chris Pelchen has some sobering news for Carlton.

Pssst: Canberra Comets shot by all too quickly

Merv Hughes ponders life while at the Canberra Comets.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny The most experienced player in Australian Capital Territory cricket history believes Cricket Australia missed an opportunity in not bringing back the Canberra Comets into the domestic one-day...

Pssst: Too much to Bear for Mick Malthouse?

Brad Hardie kicked nine to sink the Blues and Robert Walls.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny The celebrations were short-lived for Mick Malthouse, whose record-breaking 715th game as a VFL/AFL coach rapidly turned into a nightmare last weekend.

Revealed: Curtly Ambrose wanted to 'knock out' Steve Waugh

West Indies captain Richie Richardson, right, pulls Curtly Ambrose away after Ambrose was involved in an altercation with Steve Waugh, left, during the third Test in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in 1995.

Jon Pierik West Indian great Curtly Ambrose has opened up about one of the defining moments of Australia's rise to world domination when he threatened to "knock out" Steve Waugh during a heated on-field...

Pssst: James Hird and Stephen Milne drawn together

Stephen Milne and James Hird.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny James Hird has already been involved in a couple of heart stoppers since returning to the AFL coaching ranks.

Cricket Australia to offer long-term deals over fears of rebel leagues

Movers and shakers: Recruiting targets David Warner and Michael Clarke.

Chris Barrett and Jon Pierik Cricket Australia are contemplating locking down players to longer-term contracts in the wake of the threat from a proposed rebel league and fears of a raid on their leading stars.

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Cricket agent James Erskine calls for Australian player pay revamp

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Jon Pierik The man who helped lead the last player uprising over money against Cricket Australia says it's unlikely a rebel Indian behemoth could poach this nation's current stars but has called for an overhaul...

Pssst: Hawthorn back Luke Hodge on Kokoda trek

Luke Hodge walking the Kokoda trail in 2004.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Could the AFL premiership captain be heading to Papua New Guinea a week after holding up the cup?