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.

Australia v New Zealand second cricket Test: Five things we learnt from day two

Jon Pierik Australia maintained their hold on the second Test against New Zealand at the WACA on Saturday, although the Black Caps made the hosts work hard in the final session.

Australia v New Zealand: Officials investigate crowd abuse of Tim Southee

Tough day in the west: Tim Southee waits fior the sightscreen to be adjusted.

Jesse Hogan and Jon Pierik New Zealand is satisfied about security officers' response to gibes being directed at fast-bowler Tim Southee from some patrons at the WACA Ground on Friday.

Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Second Test: David Warner could break Brian Lara's Test record

Two hundred and counting: Australia's Dave Warner reacts after scoring a double century.

Jon Pierik On a day where records were broken, there could be another monumental one on Saturday, as David Warner takes aim at Brian Lara's record for the highest score in Test history.

Australia v New Zealand cricket second Test: Pakistan considers being pretty in pink

Pink thinking: Pakistan may play in a day-night Test match against Australia.

Jon Pierik While it remains to be seen how the pink ball fares in this month's historic day-night Test against New Zealand in Adelaide, plans are already progressing for a repeat fixture next season.

Australia v New Zealand second Test: Brendon McCullum's captaincy under fire

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, right, talks to teammate Trent Boult in Perth on Friday.

Jon Pierik Brendon McCullum has had his skills as New Zealand captain questioned after his unorthodox field placings helped free-wheeling David Warner and Australia take control of the second Test in Perth.

Australia vs New Zealand Cricket Second Test: Five things we learnt from day one

Usman Khawaja celebrates his century with David Warner.

Jon Pierik Having won the toss, Australia has again flourished with the bat, this time dominating day one of the second Test against New Zealand in Perth . Here are five things we learnt.

Australia v New Zealand: Black Caps vow to show 'steel and resolve'

Brendon McCullum has urged his men to show how  good they can be on the foreign WACA wicket in the second Test.

Jon Pierik Fighting to remain alive in the series, New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insists the Black Caps have "a lot of steel and a lot of resolve" and has urged his men to show how they good they can be...

Australia v New Zealand second Test: The burning questions

Brendon McCullum and Steve Smith.

Jon Pierik Here's a look at a few of the burning questions heading into the second Test between Australia and New Zealand in Perth.

It's the WACA's turn to be put under the Test spotlight


Jon Pierik The cricketing focus turns to the WACA from Friday - and it's not just on the pitch where eyeballs will be analysing performance.

Australia v New Zealand: Black Caps must overcome Perth fear factor

Fielding needs work: Australian coach Darren Lehmann speaks to Usman Khawaja during a nets session at The Gabba last week.

Jon Pierik Australia have declared New Zealand's batsmen might have to overcome a WACA fear factor as the home side strives for a quick series kill.

Australia a team to be 'excited' about, says Cricket Australia chief

Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland.

Jon Pierik Dousing suggestions this new-look Australian side lacks selling power, Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland has declared there is an "air of excitement" around Steve Smith's side as authorities...

Australia v New Zealand: Unlucky but Brendon McCullum has no issue with appeals system

Brendon McCullum

Jon Pierik Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum claimed he had no issue with the decision review system despite being a victim of an umpiring "howler" on Monday.

Australia v New Zealand: Ten things we learnt from the first Test

On his way: Australians celebrate the dismissal of New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum on day five.

Jon Pierik Australia's unbeaten record at the Gabba since 1988-89 has continued care of a 208-run crunching of New Zealand. Here are 10 things we learnt.

Australia v New Zealand: Thumped but Brendon McCullum insists Black Caps will get better

Disappointing: Trent Boult returned match figures of 2-188.

Jon Pierik New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum insists the gap between the Black Caps and the Australia is not as great as their heavy loss in Brisbane would suggest, as the tourists prepare to handle an...

Australia v New Zealand: Joe Burns jumps into the hot seat

New kid: Joe Burns lets one slip at short leg

Jon Pierik Some would consider a recall to the Test side in the new role as an opening batsman would be one of the toughest challenges in world cricket.

Australia v New Zealand: No more Mr Nice Guy - it's time for the Black Caps to get angry

Too nice: Brendon McCullum leads his team from the field after the first day's play.

Jon Pierik It's time for the Black Caps to get angry. It's all very well being nice and making a beeline to shake the hand of another Australian century maker as part of their spirit-of-cricket pact, but if it...

Australia v New Zealand: Warner, Burns bat New Zealand into a black hole

A blast: Joe Burns celebrates a century.

Jon Pierik Australia's new opening pair believe there will be more good days to come after they helped their side bat New Zealand out of the first Test at the Gabba.

Pssst: Michael Clarke and his commentary capers

Michael Clarke will have limited time behind the microphone this summer.

Jon Pierik and Daniel Cherny Michael Clarke will only have a minor role in the Nine commentary box in his first summer since retiring as a player.

Australia v New Zealand: Burning Joe smokes his way to a debut Test century

Joe Burns and David Warner leave the field after rain stopped play on the third day of the first Test on Saturday.

Jon Pierik Forget the nervous 90s. Joe Burns discovered the best way to avoid the wobbles by blasting hapless off-spinner Mark Craig for a pair of sixes as the Queenslander became the second Australian to notch...

Australia v New Zealand First Test: Kane Williamson, the Black Caps' batsman who could save the summer

All class: New Zealand's Kane Williamson has developed into one of the world's best batsmen.

Jon Pierik Sir Richard Hadlee had little hesitation in declaring Kane Williamson could finish as New Zealand's "best-ever batsman" when asked about the talented strokemaker on the eve of the Test series.