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.

Blunders aplenty as Australia humbled by Zimbabwe

Jon Pierik Just five months out from a home World Cup campaign, Australia's stunning loss to Zimbabwe in the troubled African nation has raised questions about selection policies, team attitude and medical...

Basketball

United name change a gamble for 'elitist' Melbourne Tigers: Bogut

Melbourne Tigers

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut says it won't take long to judge whether the controversial name change made by the 'elitist' Melbourne Tigers 'will be a huge success or a huge flop'.

Basketball

Push for a second Melbourne NBL club gathers pace

Basketball.

Jon Pierik A push for a second Melbourne franchise in the National Basketball League has gathered pace, with a prospective ownership group moving into its second phase of development.

Cricket

Kevin Pietersen opens up about Ashes disaster, praises Michael Clarke

Kevin Pietersen on the field during Surrey's Twenty20 match against Essex at The Oval on Friday.

Jon Pierik A banished Kevin Pietersen says he is relieved to no longer be part of an unpleasant English dressing room, has called for back-to-back Ashes series to be scrapped and praised Michael Clarke’s...

Basketball

Bogut's injury could sink his Warriors

Andrew Bogut (left) will miss the start of the NBA play-offs.

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut is hurt and, according to former NBA coach Jeff Van Gundy, it could be the difference between elimination and survival for his Golden State Warriors, when the NBA play-offs begin on...

Basketball

Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

LeBron James (centre) is key to Miami's hopes of winning the title.

Jon Pierik The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

Basketball

Pacers, Thunder, Warriors on the ropes

Pacers' Paul George

Jon Pierik Don't look now, but the best team in the eastern conference through the NBA regular season, and a western conference power many had tipped to win it all, are in a deep play-off hole.

Chris Anstey hopes Andrew Demetriou turns to basketball

Outgoing AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Jon Pierik On a day Basketball Australia said its chief executive was leaving, and the AFL confirmed the date of Andrew Demetriou's departure, Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey had this hope for his sport.

Basketball

Andrew Bogut backs Dante Exum being NBA's man of mystery

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College in 2013.

Jon Pierik Andrew Bogut has praised Dante Exum's strategic tactic of being the mystery man of the NBA draft.

Basketball

Dante Exum urged to accept NBA draft 'Tattslotto' win

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik As Dante Exum prepares to make a decision on his basketball future, former NBA top pick Andrew Bogut has suggested the "smart" decision would be for him to turn professional next season.

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Cricket

James Sutherland confident cricket World Cup will be a huge success

James Sutherland.

Jon Pierik Cricket Australia chief is confident next year's World Cup will not be ambushed by the rise of Twenty20.

Basketball

Menora Foods to sponsor WNBL

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Jon Pierik Weeks after a call on big business to back women's sport, the WNBL has become a beneficiary.

Soccer

A-League TV ratings hit for six

The television build-up to an A-League match between Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

Jon Pierik and Michael Lynch Media strategist claims there are ''worrying dynamics'' in recent weeks, with numbers of viewers slipping.

Basketball

Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey fined for referee abuse, post-match criticism

Chris Anstey.

Jon Pierik Chris Anstey hopeful honesty will help generate greater support for NBL.

Basketball

The NBL is advertising for a Tasmanian franchise

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Jon Pierik Push is part of a bold plan to have a 16-team competition within five years.

Cricket

Debt-ridden Nine chases new deal

Channel Nine commentary team

Jon Pierik Managing director Jeff Browne remains hopeful of retaining rights to international cricket.

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Thommo's spin on 'an old horse'

Shane Warne

Jon Pierik Paceman urges leg-spin wizard Warne to scrap suggestions of a Test comeback.

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Cricket

Jayawardene in spat with Sri Lanka's cricket board

Jayawardene

Jon Pierik Sri Lanka captain faces uncertain future in Test series against Australia.

Cricket

Bird to debut, rested Starc 'absolutely shattered'

Jackson Bird

Jon Pierik Ousted fast bowler says he is "absolutely shattered" after he was dropped as part of Australia's contentious rotation policy.

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Exchange raises the Heat

Clint McKay

Jon Pierik While the Melbourne Stars left Brisbane a beaten team, an animated exchange between Stars paceman Clint Mckay and the Heat's Dan Christian has helped to give the Big Bash League a legitimacy it has...