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.

Impressive Nadal sticks to his lines

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

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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.

VRC Oaks 2014: Ciaron Maher chases that lucrative Cup week rush

Ciaron Maher has genuine optimism about Set Square.

Peter Hanlon For a fleeting moment on Tuesday, Ciaron Maher looked to the darkening western sky and thought, just maybe.

A Cup of winners, losers and racing's darkest end

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Peter Hanlon It was a lesson in how to win, and how to lose. And ultimately, darkly, sadly, a stark reminder that sometimes when you lose in racing, you lose everything.

Melbourne Cup 2014: Out of the saddle, Johnny Murtagh trains his eye on the Cup

Mutual Regard works out at Werribee.

Peter Hanlon John Sadler's recall of his first experience of Johnny Murtagh, when he was training in Dubai in the early 2000s, is of a man whose head was already out of the saddle even while his backside was...

Simon O'Donnell gets four cracks at his Boy's Own tale

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Peter Hanlon Simon O'Donnell sees similarities in his job this week to the sporting lives he long ago left behind.

Callawadda and Berriwillock ride in to rattle the big boys

Darren Weir says it's just nice to have a runner in the Cup.

Peter Hanlon Darren Weir, brackets Wangoom, rocked back and forth on his heels, hands thrust deep into pockets of a suit he'd happily not own, a picture of discomfort doing the one thing he doesn't fancy about...