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.

Australian cricketers congratulate their bowler Nathan Lyon for the dismissal of Sri Lanka's Dhananjaya de Silva on day ...

Lyon: No 'demons' in pitch for run-chase

 Australia will tackle an imposing run chase to win the first Test insisting there are no "demons" in the pitch after being jolted by a fighting century from an emerging Sri Lankan star.

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis celebrates scoring his maiden century.

Mendis ton puts heat back on Australia

KANDY: Former schoolboy star Kusal Mendis was praised after giving Sri Lanka a glimpse into the future with a stirring century which will force Australia to negotiate a potentially treacherous run chase in the first Test.