Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon

Peter Hanlon has worked at The Age since 1995, initially as deputy sports editor, subsequently as editor of the Saturday and Sunday Age sports sections, and since 2007 as a senior sports writer. He writes extensively on the AFL, and has also covered the Beijing Olympics and Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Venus back at the forefront of the Williams double act

Peter Hanlon Serena Williams stole a glance at the score just before she walked onto centre court, and saw that big sister Venus was down a set and a break on Margaret Court Arena.

Dimitrov embracing tough lessons

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria celebrates after defeating Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus in their men's singles third round match.

Peter Hanlon Grigor Dimitrov had set himself up for a fall. It's another mark of his building threat that he found a way to keep his feet.

Australian Open: The power of a sporting gesture

Sportsmanship: Tim Smyczek.

Peter Hanlon Tim Smyczek was too busy last week playing three rounds of qualifying to notice Australia's cricketers invoking "the line" like a pack of warped Johnny Cash disciples.

Australian Open 2015: Marcos Baghdatis feels the love back where it all began

Feeling the love: Marcos Baghdatis at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

Peter Hanlon Marcos Baghdatis reckons everyone in tennis, save for the elite few, knows how it feels to be lost. By arriving at the Australian Open via an Onkaparinga challenger event and some hit-and-giggle...

Australian Open 2015: Sloane Stephens stalls as Victoria Azarenka looks her challenge in the eyes

Victoria Azarenka took just 75 minutes to dismiss Sloane Stephens.

Peter Hanlon Sloane Stephens hadn't seen the draw, but didn't need to. "I was like, 'Of course – I'm not seeded, she's not seeded, so of course we're gunna play each other! That's just how it's gunna be!'"

Impressive Nadal sticks to his lines

Oh yeah: Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory over Mikhail Youzhny.

Peter Hanlon It took less than two hours to convince his first-round opponent – and surely any who lie in his Australian Open path – that Rafael Nadal had been delving in a little Hamlet, whose mum,...

Summer cricket series: Bob Simpson's second innings

Bob Simpson: The new Aussie captain at 41.

Peter Hanlon And finally, we come to Simmo. It had to end here. This is where Australian cricket began again.

When Gavaskar walked - and almost took India with him

Sunil Gavaskar and Dennis Lillee dispute the lbw decision in 1981 Melbourne Test .

Peter Hanlon "Everyone is frustrated and in the situation it is no wonder we have incidents," Australia's captain told the media, huddled beneath an MCG grandstand.

John Maclean: the godfather who kept at it

Reflecting on a privilege: John Maclean at Allan Border field.

Peter Hanlon Ever since John Maclean first donned big gloves and little pads, no matter if he was close enough to tip the bails off with a twitch of his `tash, it seemed Rod Marsh always managed to squeeze...

Jeff Moss: 'I dunno whether they know I played cricket'

Quirky: Jeff Moss tries on his baggy green again.

Peter Hanlon Jeff Moss is 67 and still looks good in shorts. He has quirks that enhance the sense that he's easy company. The mop of dark curls and drooping mo are long gone.

Former Test bowler Ian Callen plays a straight bat to an ancient English craft

Ian Callen in his bat-making workshop in Tarrawarra.

Peter Hanlon Ian Callen's body reminds him of his one Test for Australia so often it hurts - literally. When the pain in his back returns - sometimes so acute all he can do is lie down for days - he remembers...

When Peter Toohey was swept off his dancing feet

Peter Toohey

Peter Hanlon Peter Toohey looks at the image that personified Australian cricket's malaise and shifts a little in his seat.

Phil Carlson remembers, and that's enough

Phil Carlson still loves sport despite his health issues.

Peter Hanlon Phil Carlson can see snatches of his 19 days as an Australian Test cricketer with a forensic clarity. Some memories cloak his big, sunny face in mournful regret.

Timing right for new Australian captain Steve Smith to learn on the job

Steve Smith will captain Australia for the rest of the series against India.

Peter Hanlon That Steve Smith has jumped over his New South Wales teammate Brad Haddin is a bold statement that Cricket Australia is prepared to take a great leap forward.

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Daniel Ricciardo's formula for happiness: doing what he loves fast

Daniel Ricciardo's chats about his season and meets fans at the Melbourne Emporium.  Photo: Greg Briggs

Peter Hanlon Really, it shouldn't surprise to find Daniel Ricciardo weaving effortlessly through traffic and emerging at the front of the pack.

How will cricket bounce back?

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Peter Hanlon In the MCG nets on Wednesday morning, Test fast bowler Peter Siddle told his Victorian teammate Marcus Stoinis to step aside so he could send down a bouncer.

Ryan Lees: My island home

Island life: Ryan Lees on the beach at his home on Flinders Island.

Peter Hanlon Spear-fishing, mutton bird hunting and skinning kangaroos – Tasmanian prospect Ryan Lees’ upbringing could not be more different to that of his cricketing peers.

Jackson Bird prepares to play for Australia again

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 09:  Jackson Bird of the Stars bowls during the Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Stars and the Adelaide Strikers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on January 9, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Peter Hanlon Australia's deep but often fragile fast bowling stocks received a welcome boost on Wednesday when Jackson Bird completed a seven-wicket haul for Tasmania's second XI, but more importantly came...

A straight bat on a tricky wicket

Damon Egan.

Peter Hanlon Five years on since The Age first met him, Damon Egan remains on course for big things.

Yes, no, wait: Alex Keath chooses the longer road of cricket over football

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Peter Hanlon Alex Keath was hailed as a rare "wiin" for the summer game when he chose cricket over a spot at centre half-forward in Gold Coast's inaugural AFL team.